Leaders Unite to Stop Global Sexual Exploitation of Children Through Travel and Tourism

On the 13th of July, Najat Maalla M’jid, chairperson of the Board of Directors at the IBCR, took part in a conference of international experts and officials in Madrid, who were meeting to discuss the sexual exploitation of children in the contexts of travel and tourism. 

Hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the meeting was supported by the government of The Netherlands, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, ECPAT International and the High Level Task Force for the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism. 

Najat Maalla M’jid is the Chair of this Taskforce, which guided the development of the Global Study, and she set the scene for the meeting by stridently declaring, “Sexual exploitation in travel and tourism has a child’s face. No country is untouched by this phenomenon and no child is immune. In this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, let us place children’s right to protection from violence and exploitation at the heart of our actions.”

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