The Code refers to the code of conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel & tourism industry. This industry driven responsible tourism initiative is co-funded by the Swiss Government (SECO) and by the tourism private sector and supported by the ECPAT International network.
Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct is currently formally represented in 29 countries in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia and Africa, and Uluntu Africa has recently joined the members list. By signing the Code, we commit ourselves to implement measures into our operations to pro-actively protect children from sex tourism.
As an instrument of self-regulation and corporate social responsibility, membership of The Code requires adherence to 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.
Although South Africa is not renowned for child sex tourism or trafficking, a growing tourism industry could potentially create the perfect environment for the exploitation of children. It is therefore important to have adequate policies in place to help prevent potential exploitation within South African destinations and our African neighbours.