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International

[PDF] Child Exploitation and the FIFA World Cup: A review of risks and protective interventions
School of Sport and Education, Brunel University London, Jul 2013

Craigslist is hub for child prostitution, allege trafficked women
Chris McGreal, Guardian (UK), 8 Aug 2010
Includes comments by the company.
     Blogpost with further details of Craigslist response

KLM Airlines Statement to Travelers: help fight child abuse
KLM, Holland Herald Magazine, Nov 2008

Lessons Learned and Good Practices on Working with the Private Sector to Combat Child Sex Tourism and Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
Patchareeboon Sakulpitakphon, ECPAT, Sep 2008

Marriott Combats Child Sexual Exploitation
Bill Baue, SocialFunds.com, 11 Dec 2006
Shareholders pressured Marriott on policy to address the exploitation of children

Accor hotel group vows to protect children
Nondhanada Intarakomalyasut, Bangkok Post, 20 Feb 2003


Africa

Gambia: Manual On Child Sex Tourism Launched
Momodou Jawo, Daily Observer [Gambia], 6 Oct 2011
Gambia Tourism Board launches training manual on child sex tourism developed in collaboration with the tourism industry

50 underage girls ‘sold weekly’ as sex workers in Kenya
Athman Amran, Standard [Kenya], 5 Oct 2011
At least 50 underage girls are sold every week as sex workers to tour operators & hotels

Madagascar: Fighting a rising tide of sex tourism
IRIN, 26 Nov 2010

Fighting child exploitation in tourism
Southern African Tourism Update, 22 Oct 2010

Letter to hotel chains regarding human trafficking at the World Cup & company responses [So. Africa]
Jun 2010
Christian Brothers Investment Services wrote to the CEOs of 8 major hotel chains operating in So. Africa asking them to detail specific actions they were taking to prevent human trafficking, including child sexual exploitation, in advance of the World Cup.  Six did not respond to their inquiry, or sent a response that did not address their concerns.  Business & Human Rights Resource Centre obtained responses from those hotels: Best Western, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels, NH Hotels, Starwood Hotels.

Tourism practitioners discuss sex tourism [Ghana]
Ghana Business News, 26 Sep 2009

Hoteliers join war against child sex pests [Kenya]
Mathias Ringa, Daily Nation (Kenya), 11 Apr 2008

Report reveals Kenyan child sex industry of ‘horrific’ magnitude
Chris Niles, UNICEF, 19 Dec 2006


Americas

Village Voice Media defends its backpage.com ad policy [USA]
Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov 2011
Critics say it is a "too-easy platform for predators intent on offering underage victims for prostitution"

Hotel chain boosting staff training to fight child prostitution [USA]
Michael Martinez, CNN, 29 Jul 2011

Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism
Barry Meier, New York Times 8 Jul 2011

Tour Company Accused of Brazilian Child Sex Traffic
Jacqueline J. Holness, Courthouse News Service (USA), 15 Jun 2011

Investors Commend Delta Airways for Efforts to Stop the Trafficking of Children
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, 18 Mar 2011

Transat and Beyond Borders join forces to fight child sex tourism [Canada]
Transat, Beyond Borders, 4 Oct 2010

UNICEF study links child sex abuse ‘business’ in some Caribbean territories to tourism
Stabroek news, 3 Apr 2010

Brazil fights Child Sex Tourism: How sustainable Tourism and Travelers’ Involvement Can Help Brazilian Children
Patricia Ribero, About.com, 8 Aug 2008

Tourism fueling child sex in Mexico
Ioan Grillo, Houston Chronicle, 30 Dec 2005


Asia & Pacific

Child-sex tour conviction a 'victory for children' [New Zealand]
Radio New Zealand, 11 Nov 2011

Campaign on tourism code of conduct begins [India]
Times of India, 12 Aug 2011
Govt. launches campaign for implementation of tourism code of conduct aiming to prevent sex tourism & sexual exploitation.

Arrest in undercover operation against child sex tour operator
New Zealand Police, 20 Aug 2010

Child sex tourism – what you can do about it
Yeoh Siew Hoon, Asian Correspondent, 8 Jun 2010
Interview with Giorgi Berardi, Project Officer on Combating CST, ECPAT International.

The use of information and communication technologies in connection with cases of child-sex tourism in East and Southeast Asia
ECPAT, Mar 2010

Hotels and airlines to fight child sex tourism [India]
Pratul Sharma, Fighting Online Pedophilia, 10 Jan 2010

Child sex tourism under siege in Southeast Asia
Nelson Alcantara, Global Travel Industry News, 22 Mar 2009

Rights groups say child sex abuse rampant in tourism industry [Indonesia]
Monstersandcritics.com, 19 Mar 2009

Is Child Sex Industry behind increasing foreign tourist in India?
Pratyush (India), 15 Oct 2007


Europe & Central Asia

Swiss companies fight child sex tourism
New Europe, 24 Nov 2008

Sex Tourism in Estonia? Why not?
Estonian Free Press, 24 Dec 2009

Ukraine, the sex tourist mecca for European johns
Youngbee Kim, Examiner.com, 18 Aug 2010


Middle East & North Africa

Middle East and North Africa
ECPAT International website

Arabian Sex Tourism
Daniel Pipes, FrontPageMagazine.com, 7 Oct 2005

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1 July 2013

[PDF] Child Exploitation and the FIFA World Cup: A review of risks and protective interventions

Author: School of Sport and Education, Brunel University London

This review is intended to inform action in countries that host MSEs [major sporting events] and to provide some suggestions on how hosting countries can avoid past pitfalls and mistakes in relation to child exploitation, especially economic and sexual...

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Article
29 November 2011

Village Voice Media defends its backpage.com ad policy [USA]

Author: Los Angeles Times

Village Voice Media's backpage.com [is] an online classified advertising service that critics say is a too-easy platform for predators intent on offering underage victims for prostitution...Village Voice, the Phoenix-based publisher of the L.A. Weekly...

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11 November 2011

Child-sex tour conviction a 'victory for children' [New Zealand]

Author: Radio New Zealand

A child advocacy group says the conviction of an Aucklander who organised an underage sex tour to Thailand is a victory for children across the globe. The 47-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, was found guilty in the High Court at Auckland on...

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6 October 2011

Gambia: Manual On Child Sex Tourism Launched

Author: Momodou Jawo, Daily Observer [Gambia]

The Gambia Tourism Board [GTB]...officially launched the Gambia Tourism Board training manual on child sex tourism...Ousman Kebbeh, the Human Resources Officer at the GTB underscored the importance of the manual. He commended the stakeholders from the...

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5 October 2011

50 underage girls ‘sold weekly’ as sex workers in Kenya

Author: Athman Amran, Standard [Kenya]

At least 50 girls, aged between ten and 15, are sold every week to tour operators and tourist hotels at Sh60,000 each as sex workers and to star in pornographic movies, a report claims. The report released...by the International Peace Institute (IPI)...

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12 August 2011

Campaign on tourism code of conduct begins [India]

Author: Times of India

With an aim to promote clean and safe tourism, the union ministry of tourism has set out on increasing awareness of its code of conduct [adopted in 2010], for safe and honourable tourism...Subhadra Anand, CEO, Save The Children India (STCI) said [at...

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29 July 2011

Hotel chain boosting staff training to fight child prostitution [USA]

Author: Michael Martinez, CNN

Hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide will improve its staff training and procedures after authorities cracked down on gang-led child prostitution rings in California hotels…Wyndham is expanding its…efforts to fight child sex trafficking by reviewing its...

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8 July 2011

Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism

Author: Barry Meier, New York Times

The Justice Department has been conducting a criminal investigation of sports fishing expeditions in the Amazon that may have been used as covers for Americans to have sex with underage girls, according to newly filed court papers. The investigation...

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15 June 2011

Tour Company Accused of Brazilian Child Sex Traffic

Author: Jacqueline J. Holness, Courthouse News Service

Four Brazilian women say a Georgia man and his fishing tour company recruited them as minors... to engage in commercial sex acts…aboard defendants' fishing boat…Plaintiffs…sued…Wet-A-Line Tours in [US] Federal Court…"Defendants, by and through their...

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11 May 2011

Middle East and North Africa [ECPAT International Website]

Author: ECPAT

In many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the existence of commercial sexual exploitation of children is denied. Taboos in connection with the subject pose a major obstacle for addressing the issue in any systematic way, as do the...

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