The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children. The Code is a joint venture between the tourism private sector and ECPAT. Companies that endorse The Code are supported by ECPAT-USA to:
Why is the Code important in the United States?:
In the United States, 300,000 American children are at risk for exploitation a year. Youth are strategically targeted and manipulated by pimps who use hotel rooms as venues to abuse children, knowing that systems are not in place to protect the victims. With the use of online classified ads, child trafficking is moving off the streets and behind the closed doors of local hotel rooms.
The children are transported from city to city via U.S. owned airlines and buses by traffickers. Air travel is also a primary means of transportation for child sex tourists– individuals who travel overseas to sexually exploit local children. The Code helps these travel and tour companies create programs and policies to identify victims and traffickers so that they can effectively react.
Endorse Code Signatories – Only use Code Signatories when you have the option to do so. Click here for a full list of all current signatories.
Promote the Code – Make others aware of the code and get new companies to sign. For a list of Actions you can take click here.
Implement the Code – Learn how your company can implement the steps. Companies that want to get involved should contact ECPAT-USA’s Private Sector Project Coordinator, Michelle Guelbart at email@example.com
Learn More About the Code – Visit TheCode.org to learn about the code on the international level.