Today, after more than 25 years of uninterrupted work, motivated by the desire to promote responsible tourism that protects human rights, we have managed to mobilise each and every one of the representatives of the sector in Mexico and several other countries to become vigilant and weave networks of prevention and protection. Our field of action has focused on making this problem visible, raising awareness and training thousands of tourism service providers, developing tools to help the business sector and producing dissemination materials to increase awareness of the problem.
In Mexico, thanks to the commitment and determination of the Mexican government, it was possible for Fundación Infantia A.C. to provide technical assistance for the development of the National Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and Adolescents in the Travel and Tourism Sector (CCN), a tool that has been considered by the World Tourism Organization as one of the best practices worldwide for the protection of children and adolescents.
The CCN is a free self-regulatory instrument that represents for the industry one of the most child-friendly tools to prevent and address CSEC. It consists of 6 guidelines which allow companies to develop corporate social responsibility practices towards customers and the value chain. Without being invasive with the operation times, the CCN allows companies and establishments that adopt it, to sensitise and/or train staff to know the basic aspects of the issue, to have protocols to know how to act in case of a risk situation, to weave collaboration networks with local organisations and institutions to receive assistance in case of emergency situations, as well as advice or accompaniment in case of any need for information.
Certainly we have made great strides in the area of protection to guarantee the full exercise of human rights, however we recognise that we still have a long way to go; in some countries there are legal frameworks on this issue, but unfortunately their application has not always been successful against aggressors, so while you read this article millions of victims are being captured and turned into consumer goods to be offered, bought, rented or discarded, which puts us in a great challenge to accelerate our actions.
The challenges are many, but we are sure that unity has represented the strength of our sector and together we will make a difference in the world to take care of the most valuable treasure we have in our countries: history, gastronomy, handicrafts, traditions and above all our greatest and most precious treasures, the children and adolescents.