Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), more than 600 million international tourist trips are produced each year. 20% of these travelers seek sex on their travels and 30% confess pedophile tendencies. This means more than 36 million people traveling around the world looking for sex with children and adolescents. This was one of the causes for the UNWTO to see the need to create a World Code of Ethics for tourism, which has as a reference frame guiding responsible actions and practices by the actors involved in the development of tourism .
These measures have been promoted and supported by Colombian authorities such as Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo – Mincit, Fondo Nacional de Turismo – FONTUR. Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar – ICBF and the allied entities for the development of responsible tourism in the framework of the implementation of the National Strategy for the Prevention of ESCNNA.
ESCNNA is understood as the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, therefore it is a violation of fundamental rights of children and is considered by the Colombian legislation as a crime. In this context, the National Strategy for the Prevention of ESCNNA in the Context of Travel and Tourism has the following objectives:
Orient the Tourist Service Providers regarding the actions that they can implement in the development of their economic activity as guarantor of the rights of children and adolescents.
Prevent the deterioration of the perception of security of tourist destinations in Colombia because of the negative phenomena that undermine the image of the tourism sector.
As a result, different inter-institutional efforts have been made in Colombia and from different territorial levels as part of a process of prevention and eradication of this problem through legal and normative instruments (Law 1336 of 2009), action plans, programs, projects and tools for comprehensive care and prevention of this scourge.
Part of the solution has said problem is in our commitment as tourism providers to assume the responsibility with the community in raising awareness of the development of tours and plans that guarantee good practices and reduce the negative impacts caused in the exercise of our activities. For this reason, a sustainability policy has been developed based on commitment to compliance with the regulatory framework.