Tourism, Hospitality & Recreational Services

The tourism and hospitality industry is at a high-risk for human trafficking and forced labor. In fact there are dozens of touch points where human trafficking can occur in the hospitality industry. Hotel and housekeeping staff members, especially those recruited or subcontracted through agencies, may for example be victims of forced or bonded labour. The hotel itself may be a site of adult and/or child sex trafficking; even the food (especially seafood) sourced by restaurants may be the product of forced or unethical labour practices.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Of Children In Nepal: Shifting Forms Of Abuse
Publications
01 July 2021

The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a well-known problem in Kathmandu. Having seen a decade-long proliferation in the number of venues making up the adult entertainment sector (AES), frontline organisations – including the Freedom Fund and its local...

“To help workers, I would tell the Government to…” Participatory Research with Workers in the UK Hospitality Sector
Publications
01 July 2021

This report is the second of three working papers exploring the experiences and drivers of labour abuse and exploitation in three understudied low-paid sectors of the economy: cleaning, hospitality and the app-based courier sector. It highlights key workplace issues in the hospitality...

Exploited in plain sight: An assessment of commercial sexual exploitation of children and child protection responses in the Western Balkans
News & AnalysisPublications
18 May 2021

This report assesses children’s vulnerability to CSEC across the WB6 and focuses specifically on online sexual exploitation of children and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT). It also provides an overview of what law enforcement authorities, private...

Global Initiative to Explore the Sexual Exploitation of Boys – Thailand Report
GuidancePublications
01 January 2021

This research looks at boys engaging in their own sexual exploitation by selling sex in Thailand. The report reveals a big knowledge gap amongst frontline welfare service providers, problematic beliefs and attitudes about male and gender diverse child victims, systematic...

Regional Overview – Sexual Exploitation of Children Middle East and North Africa
GuidancePublications
01 December 2020

This Regional Overview on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), consolidates the relevant existing data to map the context, risk factors, region-specific issues, responses and gaps in the fight against the issue....

Sale and trafficking of children for sexual purposes
Publications
01 December 2020

ECPAT International is a global network of civil society organisations working together to end the sexual exploitation of children (SEC). ECPAT comprises member organisations in over 100 countries who generate knowledge, raise awareness, and advocate to protect children from all...

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