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The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is the only voluntary set of guidelines 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.
Globally, the sexual exploitation of children is a massive problem, but if you think that this issue is one that doesn't affect your nation's children, think again. In the United States, 200,000 American children are at risk for exploitation a year. Our 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.
For more information about The Code, please visit the Code of Conduct website - www.thecode.org/