Code of conduct

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and Adolescents Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism

We, the company AVENTURAS DEL SARAPIQUI
Considering that the exploitation of human beings, in any form, especially sexual exploitation, and particularly when it affects children and adolescents, violates the fundamental objectives of tourism and constitutes a denial of its essence; and
Protected by international instruments such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Costa Rica in 1990; Convention 182 on the Prohibition of the Worst Forms of Child Labor of the International Labor Organization, ratified by Costa Rica in 2001;

the Stockholm Declaration against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, 1996; the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization and the Yokohama Declaration, both from 2001;  and

In compliance with the legal provisions that support the obligation of the Costa Rican State and all its citizens, to guarantee the protection and fulfillment of the rights of the minors who inhabit its territory, such as the Political Constitution of the Republic of 1949 , the Children and Adolescents Code of 1998, the Law against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minor Persons, 1999 and the 2007 reform, and other related laws; and acting

With the full endorsement of our Management and body of workers that conform, we formally declare that:

1. We reject the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in Costa Rica and in the world, in general and in particular in its modality associated with travel and tourism, as it is a behavior that harms the fundamental rights of these people and that is in all contrary to the intrinsic objectives of the tourist activity, which are, to foment the peace, the human rights, the mutual understanding, the respect for all the towns and cultures, and the sustainable development,
2. We denounce and condemn those who use tourism and the facilities and services it offers to promote, facilitate or tolerate the occurrence of commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents; and by virtue of the foregoing
We solve:
Sign the present Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and Adolescents against Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Tourism, which will be governed by the following clauses:
Article 1. Purpose: The present Code is a formal declaration of free access that aims to establish the rules of conduct for all people working in the company Aventuras del Sarapiquí, aimed at protecting children and adolescents against exploitation. Sexual Commercial associated with travel and tourism. This Code does not represent or may be invoked as an endorsement of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute of the activities developed and to be developed by the company Aventuras del Sarapiquí.
Article 2. Definitions: For all purposes of this Code we adopt the following definitions:
Minor Person: a person under 18 years of age is defined as a person who has not reached the age of eighteen, according to the Code of Childhood and Adolescence, Law 7739.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls, Boys and Adolescents is a violation of the rights of children and adolescents; a form of abuse that involves not only the sexual victimization of a minor by another, but the obtaining of remuneration in cash or in kind as a result of this victimization; a contemporary form of slavery; and an income generating activity that is forced and harmful to society and the tourism sector. It includes prostitution, trafficking and pornography in which minors are involved.

Sexual Tourism: is the sexual exploitation of minors in their country of residence by foreigners who visit the country as travelers or tourists. It includes the promotion of the country as an accessible point for the unpunished exercise of this activity, by nationals or foreigners.
Article 3. Obligations: by virtue of this Code the persons, who make up the Company known as Aventuras del Sarapiquí, commit ourselves to take the appropriate measures to protect minors against commercial sexual exploitation associated with travel and tourism, for which it’s
to. We will make public an ethical policy stating the rejection position of the company in regard to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls, Boys and Adolescents.
b. We will train the personnel of the company to know and conduct themselves in accordance with the practices and policies adopted by this Company for the protection of children and adolescents against commercial sexual exploitation; and for the proper handling of situations of this nature that arise in the exercise of tasks. Workers of the company will act as preventive agents of this problem, having as a guiding principle the interest of affected minors.
c. We will inform by placing external symbols to our clients and suppliers about our position of rejection of commercial sexual exploitation of minors.
d. We will present an annual report to the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism as the governing body on the subject, with a copy to the Paniamor Foundation as Technical Secretariat of the Code of Conduct and national representative of The Code.org, containing a report of the actions that the company has carried out in this field.
and. For the inclusion of our company in the database of companies with accession to this code of Paniamor and ICT, we declare that the legal name of our company is Aventuras del Sarapiquí SA, whose nature is Tour operator in Adventure Tourism, with address Chilamate, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Heredia.