Category Archives: Sex Tourism

The Journey

We weren’t able to embed the video here, so please click on the link below and watch the most touching, frightening yet gripping short film on sex trafficking we’ve ever seen.

Actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson narrates this short film. She explains how rage fuelled her role as the voice of conscience in The Journey, Richard Jobson’s violent and powerful short film about the experiences of one sex worker.

Emma Thompson says “Chances are you’ll know somebody who pays for sex”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2009/dec/18/the-journey-sex-trafficking

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The Code

About 2 million children worldwide are under 18 and enslaved in the sex trade. Child sex tourism is big business. There are now more and more companies signing a code of conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. This code has 6 criteria’s below.

THE SIX CRITERIA

Suppliers of tourism services adopting the code commit themselves to implement the following six criteria:
1.
To establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children.
2.
To train the personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.
3.

To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
4.

To provide information to travellers by means of catalogues, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.
5.
To provide information to local “key persons” at the destinations.
6.
To report annually.

Visit http://www.thecode.org to learn more. Hotel chains like Carlson (owner of Radisson) and Accor (owner of Sofitel, Novitel, Motel 6 etc), European airlines like Air France, and travel agencies all over the world have signed on to the 6 point plan to fight child prostitution.

I know it’s hard sometimes, but especially if you are going to a country or city ¬†particularly notorious for child prostitution (e.g. Thailand, Cambodia, Moldova), please support companies¬†who are a member of this code. You’ll find a list of companies at http://www.thecode.org.

This is such a step forward in recognizing this issue and it’s good to see certain companies band together to fight this instead of doing what the majority of companies do: ignore it.