The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

ECPAT Australia (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking)

Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Through Tourism Industry Training. (Australia funded and managed by ECPAT Australia)

"Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Through Tourism Industry Training" project involved development of a training module aimed at the tourism sectors in Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

The training module included an information booklet, teaching guidelines developed for each country, and a train the trainer program. The module was designed to train tourism students, educators and industry personnel, and focussed on providing locally produced materials to equip workers in the hotel and tourism industry to address sexual exploitation of children. The objective of the project was to heighten awareness of child sex tourism within the tourism industry in each country, and to provide tourist professionals with practical strategies to combat it. The project extended from January to September 2000 at a cost of $140,000. The project was managed by ECPAT Australia (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking)

Australia provided all funding for this project. Recipient countries participated through consultations held with tourism training institutions (public and private), government tourism authorities and law enforcement agencies.

The benefits of the project were improved action to combat child sexual exploitation in the tourist industry, greater knowledge of the problem, and stronger networks among community, government and tourist industry stakeholders.