In 2004, ACIM was the representative in Spain of ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), a global network working for the elimination of commercial sexual exploitation of children worldwide. ECPAT is composed by different organizations from different areas, which joint efforts to fight against prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
ECPAT activities are aimed at prevention, attention, training and research of the phenomenon of commercial sexual exploitation of children, in order to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
The Code of Conduct
In 2004, The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code) was implemented as a part of ECPAT international’s (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) framework program, currently in force, and which began its task with the goal of working with the tourism and travel industry (travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, hotel companies, etc. ) to raise awareness and to take practical measures against child sex tourism.
Originally an ECPAT project, today the Code is an independent organisation technically supported by many ECPAT groups around the world. Tour operators and tourism organisations that adopt and sign the Code of Conduct commit to inform customers and staff on their child protection policies, report potential cases and apply other measures to protect children.
In September 2011, took place the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism organized by ILO (International Labor Organization) in Madrid. In that context, the signing of a preliminary agreement with some of the companies of the tourism sector was performed. This agreement was signed by 10 companies, 19 of which were in process.
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