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ECPAT and TUI Belgium: five years of cooperation

Since 2010, TUI Belgium has been supporting ECPAT in its fight against child sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. For the first time this year, ECPAT officially appears in TUI’s annual report.  This collaboration illustrates the exchange of good practices that exist between the tourism industry and non-profit organizations. It enables professionals in the sector, as well as travelers, to be better informed about the issue and the tools they can use to report suspected cases of sexual exploitation.

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Big success for the campaign I Say Stop!

The campaign I Say Stop has been “truckvertised” on Belgian roads for 8 weeks.

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28,859 Km have been covered across Belgium mainly on Brussels ring road.

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After 8 weeks, 271,000 people have been reached and are now more aware of the issue of child sexual exploitation.

I see, I react!

 

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“Don’t Look Away” final conference in Paris

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On the 13th and 14th of October, ECPAT Belgium attended the Don’t Look Away project’s final conference organized by ECPAT France. Around 100 experts from child rights NGO’s, the tourism sector and law enforcement agencies gathered in Paris to discuss how to better protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

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ACCOR Belgium signs the Code

Danielle Van Kerckhoven, administrator and founder of ECPAT Belgique (left) & Caro van Eekelen, Chief Operating Officer à ACCOR Hotel Services BeNeLux (right)

ECPAT Belgium is pleased to announce the signing by ACCOR Belgium of the « Code of Conduct for the protection of children against the sexual commercial exploitation in tourism », an important step on the day before the 25th anniversary of the International Convention for the Rights of the Child. Belgium is therefore to become the 37th country in which the hotel group makes this commitment.

The fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children requires the engagement of  all sectors in contact with the victims or the potential abusers. The ACCOR Group is a major actor of the tourism industry with 3600 hotels all around the world. Working alongside ECPAT International since many years through this Code, ACCOR has decided to enhance its commitment by signing the Code at the Belgian level.

This signature marks the beginning of the implementation of the 6 criteria of the Code in Belgium. Concretely, this symbolic act commits the hotel Group to set up clear procedures to fight sexual commercial exploitation of children and to train its staff on the issue in order to prevent and report the abuse.

From January on and in close collaboration with ECPAT Belgium, all staff will be trained to react when facing a suspicious situation of a case of sexual exploitation of children. « No one should let a child being abused, and it is important that every staff member knows what to do in case of a suspicious  situation » has explained Katlijn Declercq, Vice-Chair of ECPAT International. ACCOR Belgium will also have to provide travelers with information on the possibilities to alert on suspicious cases. The group will raise awareness among its customers to the new I say STOP ! website and disseminate ECPAT’s documentation so that they know what to do when a suspicious situation is occurring.

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Didier Reynders says STOP !

Ariane Couvreur from ECPAT Belgium & Didier Reynders, Belgium's Foreign Affairs MinisterOn November 6, ECPAT Belgium held a press conference for the launch of its website I say STOP ! in the presence of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Didier Reynders.

This tool, a real innovation in the fight against sexual exploitation of children, received general support as well as the  special intervention of the Minister, who has extensively mentioned the importance and the crucial role of the I say STOP website.

M. Reynders was not the only one, many journalists as well as a very motivated collective including all the partners within the Group STOP and some financial sponsors came to the event to support the initiative.

This website is an initiative of the STOP Group, composed of the Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Justice, the Tourist Industry Federation, the Belgian Carriers Federation, Plan Belgium, Child Focus, the Samilia Foundation and ECPAT Belgium. It has been developed by Now.be.

Press articles from Metro and Libre Belgique
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ECPAT Belgique sur RFI

A l’occasion de la journée mondiale contre l’exploitation sexuelle des enfants, ECPAT Belgique a été invité à participer à l’émission “7 milliards de voisins” sur Radio France International pour parler de son travail, notamment contre le tourisme sexuel impliquant des enfants.

 

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L’émission est disponible une semaine via le lien suivant.