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WTO Inquires About Child Exploitation in Tourism

December 7, 2000 · 

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has sought details from Pakistan about child abuse/ exploitation in the tourism industry as well as the steps that are being taken by the government to stop this practice. In an official letter to the government, WTO Secretary- General, Francesco Frangialli made inquiries specifically about child prostitution and child abuse in the tourism sector. Three years ago, the WTO created the Child Prostitution and Tourism Task Force in co-operation with countries, tourism agencies and non-governmental organizations to counteract sexual exploitation of children. A global code of ethics for tourism, adopted by consensus at the last WTO General Assembly in Santiago, pressured countries to fight against child sexual exploitation, but Frangialli added that tough legislation is also required in countries where the practice is flourishing.

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