The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) network. This initiative is developed in the countries of touristic origin and destination; it aims to achieve the touristic industry’s participation and compromise in order to discourage and punish children and adolescents’ commercial sexual exploitation associated to travel and tourism.
According to the UNWTO, the main objective of tourism is to contribute to the economic development, the international understanding, the peace, the prosperity, and the universal enforcement and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Unfortunately, tourism has been used as a way to promote commercial sexual exploitation of people under-age. As a result, the main objectives of tourism are conflicted and their essential purpose is damaged.
Some of the international and national norms and laws that protect people against commercial sexual exploitation and penalize those who encourage this practice are mentioned below:
Arenal Manoa Hotel, as a socially responsible company that ensures the best interest of the Costa Rican society, especially of children, has recently signed an internal Code of Conduct for the protection of children and adolescents from commercial sexual exploitation in travels and tourism. By signing this policy, Arenal Manoa Hotel reassures its compromise to initiatives against commercial sexual exploitation of children, adolescents, and adults.
In this way, all the employees of the Arenal Manoa Hotel undertake to act as preventive agents of this issue; their main interest is the people affected by it. Hence, each of the hotel’s employees will report to the Operations Department or Management any suspicious activity inside the hotel. The situations mentioned below will also be evaluated and investigated:
The employees have the obligation to report, investigate and make decisions in regards to any of the situations explained above. If any of the reports is confirmed, Arenal Manoa Hotel will proceed to report and transfer the case to the corresponding authorities. All the hotel’s suppliers or trading partners of hosting services will be informed about the hotel’s policy since each contract signed by Sales Management will have a clause about it. The objective of this is to avoid contractual situations related to decisions regarding this topic.
As the Manager of this company, it is a pleasure to share our position in regards to the Ethics Policy against Exploitation and Sexual Tourism with all the employees and business partners of the Arenal Manoa Hotel. This position reinforces the values of the company.
Alexander Cedeño García
Hotel Arenal Manoa