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Sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism is a most deplorable and undesirable side effect of the tourist industry. This serious violation of human rights not only has serious psychological and physical effects on its young victims, but also has an adverse effect on the quality of tourist resorts.

Tourism does not cause the sexual exploitation of children, but travelling sex offenders use the touristic infrastructures in their home countries and tourist resorts. This is the reason why you, as a tourism professional, play an important role in preventing the sexual exploitation of children.

Who is this course aimed at?

Your company or your business association is one of nearly 1.000 companies worldwide that have signed the Code of Conductfor the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (Child-Protection Code).


One of the clauses of this code stipulates that employees should be trained to deal with these issues. This E-learning-Tool enables you as signatory of the Child-Protection Code, to train your employees in matters of child protection. Training is free of charge and can be absolved at the employee’s work place in a short space of time.

How is the material presented?

This ethically sensitive issue of child sex tourism is presented in a factual manner, without shocking details or images. Video-Clips and interactive units provide stimulating material. The material provides background information on why children are exploited in certain tourist resorts, how this is related to the tourist industry and what action tourism professionals can take from their own workplaces.

How is the course structured?

The course has a modular structure. A twenty minute basic module provides information on child sex tourism as well as on the Child Protection Code. Following this basic module a 10 to 15 minute additional module may be selected. This course provides tourism experts in their respective resorts and travel agencies, as well as decision-makers at tour operators and in hotels with specific information on how to apply the Child Protection Code at their workplaces.

In which languages is the course available?

The course is available in English since December 2009. As from autumn 2010 it is available in German, Dutch, Italian, French and Estonian. In the winter 2010 it will also be available in Spanish, Swedish and Thai.

How can I take part in this course?

The course is hosted by the Deutsches Seminar für Tourismus and is accessible through a simple registration process.


The course does not have to be absolved in one sitting.

Who developed the course?

This course is offered to you by ECPAT, a global network of organisations and individuals working together to eliminate all forms of sexual Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes«. exploitation of children. ECPAT stands for »End Child Prostitution, Child

ECPAT groups in more than 70 countries support the tourist industry in the application of the Child-Protection Code |

This course was developed by several European ECPAT groups as part of a project sponsored by the European Commission.


This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of ECPAT and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union

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