If you are going to a country where sexual exploitation of children is a problem, the following tips can help you to travel responsibly:
- Choose a travel agency that has joined the Tourism Child Protection Code. They inform customers and staff on their child protection policies, report potential cases and apply other measures to protect children.
- Be alert and report any suspicion at the local police (national anti-trafficking unit or children’s unit) or at the reporting platform www.dontlookaway.report.
- When you suspect that your hotel allows sexual exploitation of children, always report this to your travel agency. They can take further steps against the hotel or terminate the partnership.
- Avoid nightclubs, bars, massage parlours and brothels were children are present.
- Do not stay in hotels where local minors are allowed in the hotel rooms.
- Do not give money to begging children or underage street vendors who work during school time, late evenings or at night. Rather support local organizations that focus on protecting children.
- You need permission of parents/care takers when you want to take photographs of children.
- Do not volunteer in orphanages and do not visit orphanages or shows with orphans. With this you maintain an undesirable system in which children grow up unnecessarily (long) in institutions. Read more about it on: www.rethinkorphanages.org.
- Download the app ‘reportchildsextourism’ to report sexual exploitation of children in different countries in only 3 clicks (only voor Android).