Today, ECPAT International, jointly with Defence for Children-ECPAT Netherlands, launches Offenders on the Move, a global study on the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT), the result of a massive two-year effort from ECPAT and a multitude of global partners.
Over the past 20 years, international tourist arrivals have grown from 527 million to 1.135 billion annually. This increase in global travel has led to an associated rise in threats to children. Despite decades of effort at both international and national levels, SECTT continues to expand across the globe. It is now more important than ever that policymakers and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sector understand the urgency and complexity of SECTT.
Offenders on the Move stands as the first and only research initiative on SECTT of this magnitude that explores major trends and possible solutions. The entire collection of material generated from the study comprises a global report, nine regional reports, 15 country-specific reports, numerous expert papers and a youth friendly summary booklet, all serving as resources to influence the way SECTT is understood and tackled. SECTT, by its very nature, is secretive and hidden, and these reports shine essential light on the issue.
Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), says:
“We need to raise our voice against any form of child exploitation in tourism and work together to prevent, fight and eradicate this scourge from our sector. The Global Study provides us with much-needed evidence-based research which I trust will strengthen our common advocacy efforts and make our case stronger”.
Dorine van Der Keur, Director of the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, states:
“Today, we are celebrating a unique two-year collaboration involving 67+ partners. We are also moving into the most important phase of the Global Study endeavour: the dissemination of recommendations that we hope will foster more effective responses”.
ECPAT International engaged QUO to provide a thematically relevant and impactful visual identity for the diverse collection of reports and expert papers. QUO succeeded in developing a sensitive, professional and consistent look, making key information easy to understand and conveying the gravity of SECTT.
Throughout the following months, QUO will continue collaborating with ECPAT International as they launch their regional and country reports across the globe. The Global Study has already received considerable attention from organisations around the world, with recognition from the Human Dignity Foundation, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Save the Children and TourismWatch, among others.
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