01.04.2011 - The ministries and
ECPAT representatives in Germany, Switzerland and
Austria are running a "Tri-national campaign
against sexual exploitation of children in Tourism".
The aim of the campaign is to promote awareness of child
sex tourism across the three countries and to reinforce
the existing networks that protect minors.
It aims to get responsible travellers and employees of
the tourism industry on board. To achieve this, campaign
material will be promoted throughout the whole tourism
chain: travel agents, means of transport, hotels and
The main awareness raising tool is a widely distributed
video, entitled "Kleine Seelen" ("Little Souls") aimed
at travellers. The call to action is: "We can
prevent sexual abuse, if we don't look away".
Those who watch it are encouraged to report suspected
cases of child abuse through country-specific websites.
Initially intended for reporting child pornography, the
websites were extended to reporting on child sexual
exploitation in tourism. The Swiss online registration
form on www.stopchildsextourism.ch, recognised by experts as
an example of "best practice", was used as the basis for
the other websites.
For more information, please visit:
www.stopchildsextourism.ch (report form and video