Recognising child sex tourism

Common sense is often the best guide for recognising child sex tourism (or: ‘transnational child sex offences’). Not every situation is ‘wrong’, but if you suspect child sex tourism, report it immediately. Every child has the right to protection. This not only applies to young children but to all boys and girls under the age of 18.

The following situations may be indications of child sex tourism:

  • Someone isolates himself/herself with a local child, e.g. in a hotel room or a (private) apartment.
  • Someone offers a child or young person for sex.
  • Someone is looking for sexual services of children or young people.
  • A hotel or organisation allows child abuse on its premises or via the company.
  • Someone abuses a child through a foundation or organisation, e.g. an orphanage or school.
  • Someone talks about his or her sexual experience with a child abroad.

Make a report if you detect or suspect any of these or other suspicious situations.