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ASTA's Position on Child Sex Tourism

ASTA supports the travel industry in the ongoing battle against child sex tourism with its ongoing commitment to The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The code was developed by the group End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-Sweden (ECPAT) in coordination with Scandinavian tour operators and the World
Tourism Organization (WTO).

In joining the partnership, ASTA pledges to work with organizations across the transportation and travel industries to:

  • Educate employees and members on how to recognize and report signs of human trafficking and sex tourism;
  • Raise awareness among the traveling public on human trafficking issues by utilizing common messaging in targeted outreach campaigns; and
  • Measure our collective impact on human trafficking by tracking and sharing key data points.


ASTA was the first association with global reach to adopt the Code in 2004 and has a long record of leadership on this issue. The Society encourages its members to support government measures taken to counter the sexual exploitation of women and children, to inform colleagues of the negative consequences of “sex tourism,” and to advise clients of the penalties imposed on tourists who commit such acts.

ASTA Meetings Policy

As part of its initiative to ending the sexual exploitation of children, ASTA, agreed to establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children and introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

 ASTA requires that its meetings hosts and host hotels sign a contract repudiating the commercial sexual exploitation of children, forbidding such activities to be conducted in facilities, including hotels, related to the ASTA event and to immediately take all appropriate legal and other steps to terminate such activities.

 

Resources

For a list of resources and organizations dedicated to fighting child sex tourism, please click here.

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