Dominican Republic: Progress in Fighting Sexual Exploitation of Children

In certain tourist areas in the Dominican Republic, child prostitution has become so rampant that hoteliers have recognised the need of taking action. Supported by the German Travel Association (DRV), ECPAT Germany and GTZ, a workshop in May 2006 at Puerto Plata had brought together entrepreneurs, law enforcement agencies, child rights organisations and politicians to discuss ways and means to protect children against sexual exploitation.

A lot has happened since then. More and more tour operators and hoteliers are requesting the local ECPAT group "MAIS" to conduct training programmes for their staff. The tourism authority has initiated an information campaign, based on the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

(December 2007, TW 49)