Have you ever taken a flight? Boarded a ship? Travelled by train or bus to another city? If you have, then you’re one of the millions of people who criss-cross our skies, sail our waters, and zip back and forth on our roads each day. And it’s no wonder. In our increasingly interconnected world, travel is cheaper than ever, countries are competing with each other to attract tourism dollars, and with the widespread use of the Internet, even some of the most distant places on our planet are now within reach! No doubt, travel and tourism has become both accessible and affordable for many. But with huge numbers of people on the move and taking advantage of the world getting smaller, there is a bigger risk that some – at least – will take the opportunity to sexually exploit vulnerable children on their travels.
In the 20 years since the First World Congress against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Stockholm, Sweden, the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) has completely transformed and continues to change and grow. In fact, it’s even managed to spread across the globe and out-pace every attempt to fight it at the international and national levels. This publication – based on the findings of the ECPAT International-initiated Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT) – has been created for you – a passionate young person – to help grasp these changes and why they’ve happened, and learn about what you can do to stop it. The Global Study took place from 2014 to 2016 with 67 partners and experts involved.
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