The sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism (child sex tourism) occurs when an individual travels, either within his/her own country or internationally, and engages in sexual acts with a child (i.e. a person who is less than 18 years old). The perpetrators of such crimes often travel from a richer country to a poorer one but they may also travel within their own country.
If you witness a situation, which makes you suspect a child is being sexually exploited. Observe carefully and try to remember as many details as possible about the situation, keep in mind the keywords “who”, “when” and “where” and call the police immediately. Use our International Hotline Numbers (link to that page) to make a report.
If the country you are travelling in does not have an online reporting mechanism you can either use that of another country if you understand the language, or contact your country’s embassy in the travel destination. They may be able to inform the competent authorities. By reporting suspected cases of child sex tourism, and encouraging others to report, you can make a difference!