Entries by Aurélien Coussement

Didier Reynders says STOP !

On November 6, ECPAT Belgium held a press conference for the launch of its website I say STOP ! in the presence of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Didier Reynders. This tool, a real innovation in the fight against sexual exploitation of children, received general support as well as the  special intervention of the Minister, who […]

New website “I say STOP !”

ECPAT Belgium is proud to announce the launch of its new website “I say STOP!” on November 6th in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, M. Didier Reynders. More than a news platform, this website is to become a real tool to fight sexual exploitation of children. Among other things, it will allow […]

4th EU Civil Society Platform Against Trafficking in Human Beings (21-22 October)

On 21-22 October, ECPAT Belgium attended the EU Civil Society Platform Against Trafficking in Human Beings in Brussels. The aim of the meeting was to make public the last three reports from the European Commission and to prepare civil society recommendations for the next EU Commission Strategy post-2016. The two-days seminar was introduced by speeches from Member States representatives who […]

Brochure for parents to discuss online safety with their child

In the framework of the Make-IT-Safe project, the ECPAT groups have created a leaflet for parents. It contains some practical advice for parents in order to discuss the online behaviour of their child. Open communication, social media, online image, etc. are among the topics to be found in the two-page brochure.   Beside being very […]

New data on violence against children

UNICEF just released a new report (Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children) on violence against children worldwide. The results are shocking. Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts, and one in 3 ever-married adolescent girls aged 15 […]

Inaction over Rotherham trafficking highlights culture of impunity

Scandal in Rotherham, abstract of the ECPAT UK blog The latest scandal of another UK town’s failure to respond adequately to widespread sexual exploitation of its children highlights an endemic issue across the United Kingdom. In communities throughout our country, including Oxford, Rochdale and Newcastle, we have been confronted with overwhelming evidence of repeated and […]

July 30 as the First World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The UN General Assembly officially designated July 30 as the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This day is meant to raise awareness, improve coordination, and promote the rights of victims of human trafficking. Trafficking in persons is defined as the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, or harbouring a person through the use […]

TIP Report 2014 has been released

Each year, the US State Department releases a “Trafficking in Persons Report” (TIP Report), which represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it. Countries are placed onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ […]

Traveling to Brazil, don’t look away from child prostitution!

In preparation of the World Cup, the working group “Stop Child Prostitution” launches a new national campaign against the sexual exploitation of children for travelers going to Brazil, specifically to supporters who are attending the World Cup. The sexual exploitation of children is an alarming phenomenon in Brazil. The exceptional rise in tourists during this […]

Belgium ratifies OP3CRC

Belgium has become the 11th country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (OP3CRC). The State ratified the treaty on 30 May and children and their representatives will be able to bring complaints against Belgium from the 30 August 2014. The Optional Protocol to the Convention […]