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2013 05 18 safe host conference anile eng


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Sexual tourism against minors is a world plague that encompasses mainly the south east Asian region, Latin America, Africa and eastern Europe. Western countries are those which register the biggest outgoing fluxes. Sexual tourists abuse of the common channels and networks of tourism to reach their victims. Companies and workers in the sector may play an important role in the prevention and struggle against this practice. To be able to do this, they must learn how to identify and prevent it, they need to possess the knowledge and skills to identify it and have the tools to actively prevent those who exploit and those that make use of this practice from making use of tourist services to reach their victims. To Favor the establishment of a permanent social dialogue platform for tourism, encouraging the exchange and synergies between social parts throughout the whole supply chain, starting from the exchange of actions for the fight against child exploitation in the tourism sector, and the adoption of Directive 2011/92/EU. Analyze the ways in which services and tourism channels are used for illegal aims and identify changes linked with use of information and communication technologies. Evaluate good practices that social parts, individually or jointly, have enacted to prevent and fight against this phenomenon. Equip the tourism industry with innovative and practical tools for the struggle against child sexual exploitation throughout the whole supply chain.
Il turismo sessuale a danno dei minori è una piaga mondiale che attanaglia in modo particolare Sud-est asiatico, America Latina, Africa ed Europa orientale. I paesi occidentali sono quelli da cui si registrano i maggiori flussi in partenza. I turisti sessuali abusano dei canali e delle reti del turismo per raggiungere le loro vittime. Imprese e lavoratori del settore possono giocare un ruolo prezioso per prevenire e contrastare il fenomeno. Per farlo essi devono imparare a riconoscerlo e a prevenirlo, devono cioè avere le conoscenze e le competenze per identificarlo ed essere dotati di strumenti concreti per impedire a sfruttatori e clienti di utilizzare i servizi turistici per raggiungere le loro vittime. Favorire l’istituzione del tavolo di dialogo sociale europeo del turismo incoraggiando gli scambi e le sinergie tra gli attori sociali di tutta la filiera, a partire dalla condivisione di azioni per la lotta allo sfruttamento sessuale dei minori nel turismo e l’attuazione della Direttiva 2011/92/UE sul tema.Analizzare le modalità con cui i servizi e i canali del turismo vengono utilizzati per scopi impropri e identificare i cambiamenti legati all’uso delle tecnologie di informazione e comunicazione Censire le buone pratiche che le parti sociali individualmente o collegialmente hanno messo in campo per prevenire e contrastare il fenomeno. Dotare l’industria del turismo di strumenti innovativi e pratici per il contrasto allo sfruttamento sessuale dei minori lungo tutta la filiera

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2013 05 18 safe host conference anile eng

  1. 1. Florence, May 18th2013SAFE HOST Conference “ Social Parts united against sexual exploitation of children in thetourism sector”Speech by Lucia Anile, vice President of EBNTGreetings everyone,First of all Id like to thank Filcams-CGIL and the partners of the SAFE HOST project, which heretoday represent an interesting project, well described by those before me and that by the title itselfwe may understand how important it is: “to support European social parts in the struggle againstsexual exploitation of children in the tourism sector”.An important topic, and the speeches before me have explained well how and why sex tourism is asocial disease that must be destroyed, since it is the third illegal trafficking in order of importance,after drugs and weapons, and it is considered a worldwide phenomenon. It is therefore a kind oftourism that has dire consequences both socially and culturally, in destination and origin countries,especially in those situations where age, gender, social and economic condition differences areexploited.I agree with the fact that bilaterality may and must strengthen its role of social protection, and I amconvinced that quality of social and institutional support offered to social parts likely constitutes akey factor, thanks to their direct knowledge of the sector and of the dynamics rotating around it. Itherefore believe that social parts are appropriately capable of contributing concretely to thestruggle against this phenomenon.As a representative of the National Bilateral Tourism Organisation (EBNT), I have the role ofillustrating the initiatives and experiences realized by the EBNT, specifying that my speech willtaken in account the first four “Reports” produced by the Observatory, since the “fifth Report” willbe presented tomorrow by Doc. Stefano Landi, President of the SL&A Institute, taking care of ourbehalf of the Observatory.Most of all, I want to specify that EBNT is a joint institutions established in 1991 by the nationaltrade union associations and employer associations. It is a tool to perform activities identified by thesignatories of the national labour contract for the tourism sector, regarding employment, labourmarket, training and vocational training.Among the various activities performed, it has the task of promoting study activities, research andexperimentation, and it has actually established many observatories useful for the sector, amongwhich the national observatory for the implementation of law 269/98 and of the Code of Conduct of19thJuly 2003 inherent to the national labour contract for the tourism sector. The observatory wasestablished in 2009, and in the years it has deeply evolved: the first Report was drafted with theintention of monitoring the impact of actions carried out in Italy to fight against sex tourism againstchildren.For this reason it has focused on the issue, applying a survey field to the universe of tour operatorsin Italy. The result has highlighted some unresolved issues, among which it stands out particularly alack of implementation of what is provided for by the law, which obliges to inform customers thatthe Italian law punishes crimes inherent to child prostitution even if committed abroad; the secondReport has updated the data and extended it to international comparison, and to the annual results of2010 which showed some improvements, except some specific considerations referred to Europeannations; the third report relative to 2011 has effectuated a new type of extension, enlarging the field
  2. 2. of view to other subjects of the tourism supply chain, taking in exam also air companies, hotelchains and airport managing companies, the registered scenario has highlighted a discomfortingdata, due to the behaviour identified during the contact and the interview, where most of thesubjects, actually, have motivated their silence with declared company policies which would notallow to talk about these topics, highlighting a lack at system level a corporate social responsibilityworthy of this name; the fourth Report relative to 2012, has developed the survey taking in accountthe European Member States as a whole and taking as a point of reference norms, actions, projectsand programs of the individual States, analyzing in particular, their way to communicate andpromote destinations on catalogues, on websites and internet portals, revealing the way they dealwith clients as well.The resulting snapshot is very interesting, and allows by the way the possibility to make a rankingof European countries which describe their level of action and attention towards this.We may say that the data on the Observatory confirm that Italy, has a leading position concerningthe struggle against sexual exploitation of children.We are proud of habing contributed to the realization of the “Safe Host” project, putting at everyonedisposal a very relevant amount of information and data gathered during the years.I believe that EBNT may have not only an important role in the promotion of responsible,sustainable and accessible tourism for all, but also the duty to strengthen awareness regarding thisissue towards all operators in the sector. Social parts from this point of view may adopt commonstrategies and additional measures to prevent this.I hope that all private and public operators at a European level will consider the struggle againstchild prostitution, child pornography and child trafficking as an issue relevant to corporate socialresponsibility. For this reason, I believe it is key to adopt the Code of Conduct, as a tool ofCorporate Social Responsibility for the tourism sector, through the implementation of itsfundamental criteria, to fight efficiently against exploitation of children.