The Code (short for “The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism”) is a multi-stakeholder initiative

with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

We all dream of a world where children are safe and free. Sadly, today many children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

The commercial sexual exploitation of children involves the buying and selling of children under 18 years of age for sexual purposes. Sexual exploitation of children in tourism, child sex trafficking, the prostitution of children, and child pornography are all forms of this crime.

Commercial sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism often takes place in hotels and uses other travel infrastructure. That’s why we believe that working with responsible tourism companies is a powerful way to keep children safe and prevent these crimes.

Learn more about why the tourism industry can make a big difference and join us to protect children today.


When a tourism company joins The Code they commit to taking six essential steps to help protect children, which we call the six criteria of The Code. These are to:

  1. Establish a policy and procedures against the sexual exploitation of children.
  2. Train employees on children’s rights, prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspicious cases.
  3. Include a clause in contracts along the value chain indicating a common rejection and the zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
  4. Provide information to travelers about children’s rights, prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspicious cases.
  5. Support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.
  6. Report annually on the implementation of related Code activities.



ECPAT is the only children’s rights organization that focuses exclusively on ending the sexual exploitation of children. Today, we are a growing network, 110 members in more than 102 countries. With great satisfaction we participate that from March / 2020 there is officially ECPAT-Portugal the newest member of the international network ECPAT (

Our main actions: to defend a stronger legal environment to protect children; raise public awareness, university students; partnering with the public and private sector; promote and stimulate research to better understand this crime and we help surviving victims.

ECPAT has the status of Observer to the United Nations and has a formal partnership with INTERPOL, and other agencies that defend and guarantee the rights of children. In May 2019, at the 33rd Assembly of the United Nations Human Rights Council, ECPAT International, with our collaboration, presented the Periodic Study on Portugal.



Meet The Code

The Code (short for “The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism”) is a multi-stakeholder initiative


1st Congress

1st Portuguese Congress for the Prevention of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in Travel and Tourism

Held on May 18, 19 and 20, 2018.

At this Congress our main objectives were:

  • Promote the articulation of various structures of civil society and government aimed at preventing ESCCA in travel and tourism.
  • To reaffirm the commitment to build and stimulate a culture of prevention and intervention for the integral protection of children and adolescents.
  • Promote and favor the implementation of The Code in the tourist trade and similar.
    Contribute to the training of future tourism professionals.SPEAKERS
    We will try to make a pool of information about the ESCCA reason why each speaker will have an expertise in a particular way of coping with this serious problem, as well as all have a wide experience in the ways of the integral protection of childhood and adolescence.

Judge of the Family Court and Minors of Porto

ECPAT (global network against ESCCA and trafficking of children)

The Code (Code against ESCCA in travel and tourism)

Fondation Scelles (Youth prostitution and trafficking prostitution)

CIAF Brazil (Code of Conduct in Portugal)

May 18 Friday
19h30 – Accreditation
20h00 – Opening and Presentation of the Speakers
20h30 – Court of Family and Minors of Porto Measures to protect children against sexual exploitation 21h30 – Closing of the first day

May 19th Saturday
8:30 – ECPAT International (Thailand) ECPAT a global network to combat sexual exploitation and trafficking of children
10h00 – Interval
10h30 – Discussion
12h00 – Lunch
14h00 – THE CODE (Thailand) A Code of Social Responsibility in Tourism
15h30 – Interval
16h00 – Discussion
17h30 – Closing of the second day

May 20 Sunday
8h30 – Fondation. SCELLES (France) Advances in extraterritorial legislation for sex crimes with children
10h00 – Interval
10h30 – Discussion
12h00 – Lunch
14h00 – CIAF (Brazil) Code of Conduct in Tourism in Recife
15h00 – Delivery of Certificates
15h30 – Closing

Every day, more and more children around the world are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. Integrated action at the local, national and international levels is required to address this phenomenon. The main challenge for each country is to carry out what is described in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to promote full protection. The eradication of poverty will be a great step to intercede in the growth of the ESCCA, as it remains one of the main reasons why children are exploited, and this fight falls to the competent sectors.The articulation between the different segments of society is one of the main weapons against ESCCA, as well as one of the challenges to be overcome, since it demands a perfect interlocution between the various agents of protection. Encourage local and national governments to create public policies for comprehensive child protection. A great challenge will be to promote an exchange of experiences, even if international, aimed at developing the culture of ESCCA prevention in Portugal. As one of the main tourist destinations in the world Portugal needs to promote and disseminate internationally its concern with ESCCA in travel and tourism, thus rejecting international networks of abusers.

Encourage in all partners and participants the culture of ESCCA prevention in travel and tourism, so widely related to Sustainable Tourism today. To promote cooperation between Civil Society and Government structures so that Portugal is recognized worldwide as a Clean tourist destination in relation to ESCCA in travel and tourism. That the relevant sectors review and revise, when necessary, the laws, public policies, programs and practices to eliminate ESCCA. The Congress will issue a Letter of Intent to collaborate in the development of programs and actions that guarantee the rights of children, based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations and other relevant instruments, with the objective of eradicating ESCCA in all their forms.



The Association Integrated Family Support Center – ACIAF in partnership with Fondation Scelles Paris France and with the support of the Court of Family and Minors of Oporto and with the Court of the District of Oporto, is promoting a training action for professionals of protection associations and defense of the rights of children and young people in the tourism industry. This event is part of a series of actions of the Association which aim to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. The sexual exploitation of children is a violation of their rights which has serious psychological and physical consequences. This practice, using tourism infrastructure, denigrates the country’s international image as a tourist destination. In this context, professionals in the sector must be trained so that they can prevent the exploitation of children and young people.

Professionals from the following areas (Social Sciences and Humanities, Tourism and Hospitality, Law, Education, Health, Security Forces), Victim Support Technicians.

Honorary Judge Jean-Michel CAILLIAU, Head of the Legal and Judicial Center of the Scelles Foundation.

All attendees with 100% attendance will be provided with a participation certificate, sent by email.

Untill 07 December 2018
To sign up to send us an e – mail with your name, and I’m guessing, and I m gonna go to geralpt@ciaforg. net

Date: 11 December, 2018
Time of the event: 9h00m – 12h30m and  14h00m – 18h00
Duration: 8 hours
Local: Sala de conferências no Palácio de Justiça do Porto
Morada: Palácio da Justiça, Campo dos Mártires da Pátria – 4099-012 Porto

9h00m – Credentialing
9h30m – Beginning of Formation
11h00m – Coffee Break
11h15m – Debate
12:30 a.m. – Free lunch

14h00m – Continuation of Formation
15h30m – Coffee Break
15h45m – Debate
18h00m – Closing


Associação Centro Integrado de Apoio Familiar – ACIAF
Rua D. António Meireles, 52 R/C, C.P. 4250-054 – Porto
Tel. 228 314 158
Tlm. 917 840 004
Dias úteis: 14h30 – 17h30


In the Summer the risk of sexual exploitation of children in tourism increases

Sex tourism expanded into new destinations thanks to cheap flights, says landmark report

Sex tourism has “expanded” into new destinations across the world, claims a new report, which blames cheap flights and the Internet for creating a new generation of predators.

Opportunities for travelers to abuse women and children have “soared” in the past two decades, the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism said.

The report, which is considered the most comprehensive ever compiled on the sex tourism industry, also identifies countries which have emerged as the new destinations for abusers.

These include Portugal, Moldova and the Ukraine in Europe, and also Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in Southeast Asia.

The report also said sex tourists are no longer being seen as wealthy, middle aged Westerners who travel to underdeveloped countries to seek children to abuse.

The UN-backed study says abusers are also often not tourists, but could be business travelers or expatriates who are ‘situational’ offenders, rather than paedophiles.

The study says the growth in opportunities for the abuse of children and women is directly linked to the boom in travel and the wider use of the Internet.

“The vulnerability of children has dramatically increased over the past 20 years as tourism, tourism soared,” the report said.

“Although the precise scope is not measurable, there are alarming indicators that this crime is persistent and widespread.

“The Global Study has also shown, undeniably, that the increasing use of the Internet has enabled offenders to groom children online, exchange information and advice on how to abuse children and avoid detection, and in some cases ‘book’ children in advance.

” The report, which was released by global child protection network ECPAT, charts the increase in sex tourism over the last two decades.

It was compiled with information from more than 70 global child protection agencies.

“Twenty years ago the offender was seen as a white, wealthy, middle-aged male peadophile from a developed country vacationing in a developing country with the intention of having sex with a child,” it adds.

“Now we understand that more children are being abused by tourists and travelers from their own country or region than by people who have traveled from other parts of the world.

” The report notes, for example, that Japanese, Chinese and South Korean tourists are now more likely to be offenders in Southeast Asia – a traditional sex tourism hotspot – because they travel through the region more regularly than Westerners.

The number of international tourists almost doubled from 527 million in 1995 to 1.14 billion in 2014, the report said.

“Despite 20 years of efforts, the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism has expanded across the globe and out-paced every attempt to respond to the international and national level,” it added.

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