Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct Project is an initiative by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), ECPAT International, and UNICEF, developed in both the countries of origin and tourism destination countries. It aims to engage and secure the commitment of the tourism industry to discourage and penalize the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents associated with travel and tourism.

About Sexual Tourism

Sexual tourism involving minors is defined as the sexual exploitation of a minor by one or more individuals engaging in sexual activities with the minor while traveling outside their country or region. Typically, these activities involve some form of payment, either in cash or in kind, such as food, clothing, etc

The Problem

In general terms, the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (CSEC) has been recognized as a global phenomenon that impacts millions of minors every year in countries across all continents. This exploitation primarily occurs in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. The Western world is the largest demander of sex with minors. términos generales, la Explotación Sexual Comercial de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes (ESCNNA) ha sido reconocida como un fenómeno global que impacta a millones de menores cada año en países de todos los continentes. Esta explotación ocurre principalmente en el Sureste de Asia, América Latina, Africa y en el Este de Europa. El mundo occidental es el que más demanda sexo con menores.

In Costa Rica, there is significant concern, which is why thee Tourism Industry has taken a very strong stance of zero tolerance to protect children and adolescents from commercial sexual exploitation. Therefore, they have come together to promote the adoption of the CODE OF CONDUCT within tourism businesses to address this issue.

Ethical Policy

Budget Car Rental has committed to implementing the following measures:

1- Implement corporate ethical policies against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
2- Train our staff on company guidelines and policies regarding the protection of minors from Commercial Sexual Exploitation and act as preventive agents in this problematic area.
3- Introduce clauses in contracts with suppliers, maintaining our condemnation of the sexual exploitation of minors.
4- Provide information to customers through catalogs, brochures, the website, and other means.
5- Provide information to local ‘Key Persons’ in different destinations.
6- Report annually on the company’s actions regarding this project.

Currently, the Code of Conduct is in a process of institutionalization, through which it will be adopted by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) as the governing body for tourism in the country, with the collaboration of the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) and technical support from the Paniamor Foundation.

For additional information, please contact:
Fundación Paniamor
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Phone: (+506) 234-2993
Fax: (+506) 234-2956