The Agreement for the implementation of the National Code of Conduct for the protection of children and adolescents against trafficking and sexual exploitation was signed Friday, September 19, in Puerto Vallarta.
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Under the coordination of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, the steps were taken to further combat the problem of trafficking with prevention, awareness, and action through educating tourism service providers about the problem and its impact on tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism for Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta joined the National Commission on Human Rights, CROC, and community leaders at the ceremony at Canto del Sol.
The code is based on the international actions and policies of the Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization.
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Through the program it seeks to encourage the tourism industry to make workplace policy, within legal framework and ethical practices, to support the prevention of trafficking, mainly in the form of Commercially Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
The program aims to keep businesses and employees within the tourism industry vigilant through education about child trafficking and exploitation and opening dialog within the business community on how to identify problems and report them to authorities, along with how to prevent opportunities for traffickers within their business and make a safer community and place to travel for children.