The Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation in Travel
The youth of OneChild are thrilled to work in solidarity with the International Bureau for Children’s Rights and Plan Canada in the first Canada-wide child prostitution tourism awareness campaign. With groups from the private sector (Air Canada, and Aéroports de Montréal), government agencies (Canada Border Services Agency, Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal and Sûreté du Québec), and support from UNICEF, we’re increasing the visibility of this terrible act, and by educating Canadians, helping to put a stop to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
For the first phase of the campaign, three forums were held for members of the travel and tourism industry in Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver to discuss child prostitution tourism and share good practices and tools to combat this heinous crime. International Children’s Day 2010 saw the launch of the campaign to educate the public on Canada’s child prostitution tourism law through posters, brochures, email communications, in-flight videos, and inserts in in-flight magazines. Distribution of informative material has begun via tour operators, travel agencies, airports, consulates, and airlines. Download the pamphlet, and stay tuned for what comes next!
Eyes on Patrol
Eyes on Patrol (Restez Vigilant) is an online campaign whose main goal is to promote reporting by Canadian travelers abroad who witness incidents of commercial sexual exploitation of children. By visiting the Eyes on Patrol Facebook page, you can use their app to add mirrored cop glasses to your Facebook profile picture to symbolize that you’re always on the lookout for suspicious activity.
The campaign also aims to sensitize the Canadian public to the legal and social consequences of this phenomenon as well as to educate them on Canadian extraterritorial law. The campaign calls for constant vigilance. Any reports of suspicious activity can be reported at www.cybertip.ca