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12.07.2012 11:47

A survey by TNS/ILRES ordered by ECPAT Luxembourg showed that the population of Luxembourg categorically rejects sex tourism involving children

ECPAT Luxembourg, an association with the mission to fight sexual abuse on children, ordered a national survey by TNS/ILRES on the general perception of sexual abuse on children in Luxembourg, concerning sex tourism involving children as well as cyber pornography showing children (images of sexual abuse on children).

The main conclusion was that the Luxembourgish population categorically rejects the sexual exploitation of minors.

It is in fact important, nowadays, while tourism as well as new technologies are more and more present in our lives, to know the perception of the public about the reality of sexual abuse on children and the consequences it may have.

The results of the survey have first been presented to tourism professionals during a conference last 13 June. During this conference the CSR responsible of Kuoni also made an intervention presenting the policies of Kuoni concerning CSR and protection of minors. Then the survey was presented to the press on 27 June.

Here the main conclusions of the survey:

- the Luxembourgish population categorically rejects the sexual exploitation of minors.

- 56% of the people questioned think that sexual tourism involving children is also practised by Luxembourgish tourists.

- 88% of the people questioned think that it is important that tourism professionals commit themselves in the fight against sexual tourism involving children. This vast majority wants to spend their holidays quietly. For them the organizer of their holidays should have taken in advance all useful measures to fight sexual tourism involving children.

- 6% of the people questioned already suspected a case of sexual tourism involving children at one of their holiday destinations: this is an important figure.

- 38% of those who witnessed sexual tourism involving children would have liked to to do something, but didn't know to whom and how to report it.

There is a difference between what the questioned people say they would do if hypothetically confronted with sexual tourism involving children or pictures of such an abuse on the Internet, and what they really did when they were confronted with real abuse.

So:

- 21% of the people questioned say that on the Internet they came by accident upon pornographic pictures featuring minors (this is an important figure). Only 3% made a denunciation to the police and 3% listed the site on LISA Stopline.

- However, 55% of the people questioned who had not been in contact with paedopornographic pictures on the Internet said they would denunciate the site to the police and 26% declared they would denunciate the site through LISA Stopline.

- 45% of the people questioned said they would inform their tour guide on destination if they witnessed sexual tourism involving children. However, only 9% of the people questioned who were witnesses of sexual tourism involving children did inform their tour guide on destination.

The Luxembourgish population would like to see complementary measures set in place to complete existing legal mechanisms:

- 62% of the people questioned think that the authorities are active in the fight against sexual abuse of children for commercial reasons.

- 86% of the people questioned think that it is necessary to take complementary measures to complete the existing legal mechanisms (for example, increasing public awareness, assisting the victims, more investigations by the  police and development projects at the touristic destinations).

LuxairGroup supports ECPAT's fight against sexual abuse of children for commercial reasons.