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Responsible Tourism

The killing of wild animals is having a devastating impact, with some species now facing the real possibility of extinction. Elephants, rhinos and tigers are three of the biggest endangered species senselessly killed for their tusks, horns and skin – deaths which often fuel organized crime.

Think twice before buying or consuming something made out of an exotic tree, plant or wild animal as you may be contributing to their extinction or exploitation. Before travelling, familiarize yourself with local exotic dishes which may contain illegal products. Don’t forget that many countries, perhaps including your own, have penalties for those caught trafficking protected wild animals, exotic plants and endangered wood products.

Globally, 55-60% of detected victims of human trafficking are women, while 27% are children, with two-thirds among these girls.

If you believe that someone is being forced to work against their own free will, is being abused or if you see something that doesn’t look right in a bar, a hotel or a restaurant, report it. Your actions can make a difference in preventing sexual exploitation and forced labour. Children are particularly vulnerable; make sure you Don’t let child abuse travel.

The amount of cultural goods of licit and illicit provenance sold in the world was approximately US$ 40 billion in 1993. This number has increased today, according to estimates, to approximately US$ 60 billion, a 50% increase in ten years*. Illicit trafficking alone is valued at US$ 7 billion each year, and often involves organized crime groups and criminal networks.

Make sure that the souvenirs you take home have a documented and legal history, aren’t stolen and can be exported. Ask about the origin of what you are buying and always keep in mind your own country’s rich history and heritage and how you would feel if this was taken away from you.

Counterfeit goods generate US$ 250 billion a year for criminals and many products are neither safe nor ethically produced.

You might think that you are helping a small market or a street seller when buying what seems to be a great bargain, yet behind this there are often criminal interests even coercing or exploiting sellers. Avoid putting your money in the hands of organized crime and purchase ethically while abroad.

Sometimes gangs use travellers as ‘plants’ in order to tip off the authorities and provide a diversion to get through far larger shipments.

Drug trafficking is simply not worth the risk: it is illegal and if you’re caught, you will end up in jail with severe consequences. Don’t carry packages or items for anyone else as ignorance is no defence against the law.


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According to article 17 of law 679 of 2001, InColombia.Travel warns tourists that the sexual exploitation of minors in Colombia is punishable criminal and administratively according to the law.

Según el artículo 17 de la ley 679 de 2001, InColombia.Travel advierte a los turistas que la explotación sexual de menores en Colombia es castigada criminal y administrativamente de acuerdo a la ley.



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