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Situations are often not clear, and as a tourist you might not know how to react. Here are some typical examples with hints about appropriate reactions. The general rule is: Talk to your fellow tourists about your observations, inform the tour operator, your tour guides, or the hotel manager. In case of well-founded suspicions report the information you have to the embassy of your country, the police, either locally or when you return home, or contact child help organisations.



Confrontation on the plane

At the beach

At the market

Tour guide



You are on the plane to or from your holiday destination. Men sitting close to you are talking loudly, and it is quite clear that the main object of their trip is sexual gratification. The native women are so much more understanding.

In the course of the conversation, they also mention that they intend to "try out" very young girls. Various reasons are given for this. The people there mature earlier, in their society it is quite normal to have sex with 14-year-olds or younger, and the payments (it's a lot of money for them) are a sort of development aid.

They go on to swap tips about beaches and bars.


What you could do:

Say loudly that you find what they are talking about unacceptable, ask the other people nearby who could also hear what they think about it.

Talk to the men directly. Tell them that children's rights are protected world-wide, and that the sexual exploitation of children is a serious offence everywhere, and that it can be punished not only in the place they are travelling to but also in their home country after their return.

Inform the flight personnel on the plane about the incident .


Take a look at our general hints about what to do in such situations.




Near to the international hotel, boys and girls are trying to sell food on the beach. Rob, an 11-year-old boy, receives a big tip from a tourist couple when they pay for their food, and is asked to come back again in the afternoon. Rob meets the couple again at 4.00 p.m. on the beach, and they laugh and play games in the sea and afterwards go out for a meal.

From then on Rob is always together with the pair and sleeps in their bungalow, but has become quiet, and doesn't seem to laugh much anymore.


What you could do:

Talk to Rob when you meet the couple. Ask about his friends and his brothers and sisters, and perhaps who is selling the food for him now. Ask him where he lives when he is not staying in the holiday resort.

Inform the management and your tour representative about the extra guest and ask them to be active in protecting children's rights, and to contact the local child protection organisations.


Take a look at our general hints about what to do in such situations.




12-year-old Anh is sitting next to the jewellery stand at the evening market. The women selling the jewellery seems to be haggling with a customer over the price of a watch. But when they reach an agreement the tourists leaves with Anh, but without a watch.

Some time later the tourist returns to the hotel and joins the rest of the travel group. he sits with them at the bar and joins in the conversation, pleased to explain all about his expensive digital camera.

The following evening the man is out on the beach promenade, walking with his arm round the shoulders of 10-year-old Noi. Next morning he comes back in high spirits just before breakfast. During the sight-seeing tour that day he talks about how well he gets on with "the girls" in the country, and how eager they are to please. You get real value for your money.


What you could do:

Ask the tourist how he comes to know so much about the local girls!

Explain that children's rights apply world-wide, and that for you talk of "maturing early" is no justification for infringements of these rights.

Make it clear that sexual exploitation of children is a crime all over the world!

Talk with other tourists and with the tour organisers in order to mobilise the social responsibility of the group.


Take a look at our general hints about what to do in such situations.




One of your guests goes to a local "open air" bar where underage girls serve drinks. Afterwards he doesn't show up for a planned excursion. Other members of the group discreetly tell you that Mr. X was seen in the company of a young bar waitress.


When you suspect sexual exploitation of a minor, you have a responsibility to take action. Check the information you have received. Your guests may be able to help document this information. If you decide to report your suspicions to the authorities, be sure to follow the guidelines.


Take a look at our general hints about what to do in such situations.