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Iuf policy on tourism child exploitation

  1. 1. IUF Tourism Policy on Child exploitationProtection of children from sexual exploitationIUF affiliates are called upon to adopt or improve policies to fight sexual exploitation ofchildren:• Affiliates should propose to adopt the Code of Conduct to Protect Children fromSexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism• Affiliates should sign agreements with enterprises based on the “Fight AgainstProstitution – Model Agreement” (model agreement is attached and the title will bechanged into “Fight Against Child Exploitation in Tourism)• Affiliates should negotiate agreements with specific language to guarantee that therecruitment of minors in the HRCT sectors is to be limited to those departments andduties that are not at risk of sexual harassment, and in any case minors won’t beemployed into jobs or tasks involving contact with customers, except at thepresence of an adult colleague.FIGHT AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION IN TOURISMMODEL AGREEMENTFor negotiation between employers and unions in the tourism sectorThe company (or employers association) and the union(s) hereby agrees as follows:1. Hotels shall refuse to do business with travel agencies or tour operators identified ashaving connections with child prostitution;2. Employees of tourism organizations are encouraged to report to their union anyrequests having to do with prostitution tourism. Unions shall examine, jointly with themanagement of said organizations, ways and means to discourage such requests.3. Employees of transportation companies are encouraged to disseminate any availableinformation concerning the fight against prostitution tourism.4. Hospitality facilities (hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.) shall display and make available totheir customers information concerning the fight against prostitution tourism.5. Employees at hospitality facilities shall have the right and make it their duty to report totheir union any customer request having to do with child prostitution. Unions shallinform management about those matters and examine ways to discourage this type ofrequests.6. Employees shall have the right and make it their duty to refuse to respond to anyrequest having to do with child prostitution. In the event thereof, management ofhospitality facilities undertakes to support employees in any dispute with customers. Nodisciplinary measure whatsoever shall be taken against an employee having declinedto act upon a request by a customer having to do with child prostitution.7. No children may be employed in hospitality facilities, even on a voluntary basis. As arule, young workers shall not work at night, in particular at jobs where they are incontact with customers.8. Trade unions are encouraged to urge employees in the sector to report any suspicioussituation, so that unions may act upon the matter with employers.9. Employers associations undertake to take steps - if necessary with respect to their ownmembers - aimed at putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children wherever itcomes to their attention.IUF Executive Committee, Geneva, May 29-30, 2013