Tourists asked to be "responsible" travellers

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Tourists can fight the trade in illicit goods by behaving as responsible travellers, according to the UN.

The World Tourism Organization (WTO) estimates that each year a billion people travel and face choices about buying illegal products.

A campaign by the WTO, UNESCO and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is making the link between illicit products and organised crime.

Kevin Town from UNODC says the campaign which is called "Your actions count – be a responsible traveller" is aimed at educating tourists.

"The more that people find out about the situation on a local level or at a regional or global level and take that on board before they travel, the more they will be encouraged to be a responsible traveller."  (11″)

The campaign focuses on five areas of illicit trafficking; counterfeit goods, the trafficking of cultural artefacts, illicit drugs, human trafficking and wildlife crime.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration:  1’13″

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