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In all the discussions of responsible tourism I've seen there is almost no mention of child prostitution in connection with tourism and travel. Worldwide there are estimated to be two million children enslaved as prostitutes. Much of this occurs in connection with travel and tourism. As an example, Bali is being overrun by sex tourists who come to this beautiful island specifically to have sex with children, sometimes as young as 12. The local residents are worried that their island will become famous as a destination for pedophiles. Is there any interest by members of this group in discussing the extent of the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children and ways of preventing the phenomenon and of rescuing the children from this depravity?

Ron Ratney

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Hi Ronald,
There are discussion worldwide on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism (CSECT). Ecpat started an initiative called The Code (i.e. The Code of Conduct for teh Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism). My organisation - Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (www.fairtourismsa.org.za), holds one of the NGO seats on the steering committee and is working to drive the implementation of The Code before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Code is an industry-led initiative and might be something you'd be interested in checking out. Their website is thecode.org.

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