Recognizing sexual exploitation of a child

Common sense is often the best guide for recognizing sexual exploitation of a child while travelling. Not every situation is ‘wrong’. But if you suspect sexual exploitation of children, 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 (see: Article 1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child).

The following situations may be indications of sexual exploitation of a child:

  • Someone isolates himself/herself with a local child, e.g. in a hotel room or a (private) apartment.
  • An adult is being intimate with a child at the pool or on the beach.
  • 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.
  • An adult 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.