Code of conduct
Travel Agency “Turismo Arví”
The Political Constitution of 1991 in its article 44 established that children have as
fundamental rights: life, physical integrity, health, social security, balanced food, name,
nationality, family and not being separated from it, care, love, education, culture, recreation
and free expression of opinion. In addition, it stated in said article that children must be
protected against all forms of abandonment, physical or moral violence, kidnapping, sale,
sexual abuse, economic or labor exploitation and risky work.
In this sense, the Congress of the Republic issued Law 679 of 2001, which had the purpose
of issuing protection measures against exploitation, pornography, sex tourism and other
forms of sexual abuse with minors, by establishing preventive and sanctioning norms.
Thus, in articles 16 and 17 of the aforementioned Law, a series of measures aimed at
preventing and combating child sex tourism were established.
It should be noted that Law 679 of 2001 was added and strengthened by Law 1336 of
2009, which established that tourism service providers and establishments that provide
non-tourist accommodation services must have effective codes of conduct in public places
that promote prevention policies and avoid the sexual use and exploitation of children and
adolescents in their activity. In addition to updating them when required.
Thus, in order to counteract the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in travel
and tourism, the travel agency “Turismo Arví” will adopt the following code of conduct in
compliance with Article 44 of the Political Constitution of 1991, Law 679 of 2001 added by
Law 1336 of 2009 and Resolution 3840 of 2009 issued by the Vice Ministry of Tourism,
acquiring the following commitments:
- Refraining from offering, in the tourist promotion programs and the tourist plans,
expressly or surreptitiously, plans for the sexual exploitation of children and
- Refraining from giving information to tourists, directly or through an intermediary, about
places from which they coordinate or where they practice commercial sexual
exploitation of children and adolescents.
- Refraining from taking tourists, directly or through third parties, to establishments or
places where commercial sexual exploitation of children is practiced, as well as taking
them to the places where tourists are staying, even if they are ships located in Altamar,
for the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.
- Refraining from providing vehicles on tourist routes for the purpose of sexual
exploitation or abuse with children and adolescents.
- Preventing the entrance of children and adolescents to hotels or places of
accommodation and accommodation, bars, similar businesses and other
establishments where tourist services are provided, for the purpose of sexual
exploitation or abuse.
- Adopting measures aimed at preventing personnel related to any degree with the
company from offering tourist services that allow sexual activity with children and
- Reporting to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and other competent
authorities, the facts known by any means, as well as the existence of places related
to the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and ensuring that within the
company there are channels for the corresponding complaint to the competent
- Designing and disseminating within the company and with its suppliers of goods and
services, a policy in which the supplier establishes measures to prevent and counteract
all forms of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in travel and tourism.
- Training all personnel related to the company, on the issue of prevention of commercial
sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.
- Informing its users about the legal consequences in Colombia of the sexual exploitation
and abuse of children and adolescents.
- Setting this Code of Conduct and any other commitments and measures that the
provider wishes to take in order to protect children and adolescents in a visible place
for the employees of the business establishment or establishments.
- Incorporating in the tourist advertising disseminated by the company, information about
the legal consequences of the sexual exploitation and abuse of minors in the country,
in particular on the criminal and administrative sanctions provided for in Law 679 of
August 3, 2001 and in the Law 1329 of July 17, 2009.
- Requesting all clients, suppliers, partners and other agencies to report and implement
measures to prevent the sexual exploitation of minors and to report on all cases of
sexual exploitation of children and adolescents of which they are aware.
- Warning hotel or accommodation establishments to provide services to the Agency,
which must be included in the hotel registration card (document that is filled when the
tourist arrives at the accommodation establishment), a clause about the legal
consequences of the sexual exploitation and abuse of minors in the country, in
particular on the criminal and administrative sanctions provided for in Law 679 of
August 3, 2001 and in Law 1329 of July 17, 2009, with the following text: “In
development of the provisions of article 17 of Law 679 of 2001, the accommodation
establishment warns the guest that the exploitation and sexual abuse of minors in the
country are penalized criminally and administratively, in accordance with current laws.”