Every child under 18 years has the right to be protected against sexual exploitation. This is stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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The travel and tourism organisations have a code of conduct: the Tourism Child Protection Code (The Code). The Code is an multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the travel and tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.
There is not a single specific cause. Poverty, the demand for sex with children and young people and the ease with which people can travel the world are major causes for sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. There is often a lack of education in poor countries, unemployment is high and people suffer from a lack of law enforcement. If the tourism sector grows unregulated, children are at risk of being exploited by tourists.
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