Sex tourist taboo

Child sex tourism, and a code of conduct to prevent it, will be discussed at workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town next week.

Child sex tourism, and a code of conduct to prevent it, will be discussed at workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town next week.

So far Kenya is the only African country which has introduced the code, Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) said.

It is already practised in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

It is hoped the code will spur businesses and community members to take action against exploitative behaviour by tourists or others associated with the industry. The workshop will be hosted by FTTSA in Johannesburg on August 21 and in Cape Town on August 22.

The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is funded by Unicef and the World Tourism Organisation.

Child sex tourism is defined as "the commercial sexual exploitation of children by men or women who travel from one place to another, usually from a richer country to one that is less developed, and there they engage in sexual acts with children, defined as anyone aged under 18," by the network of organisations which introduced the code. - Sapa

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