30 years of fight against the sexual exploitation of children

Today we celebrate ECPAT’s 30th anniversary. What started as a campaign initiated by a small group of people to tackle child prostitution in Asia is now the world’s largest network dedicated to ending all forms of child sexual exploitation, including 118 member organizations in 102 countries. This is an opportunity to take some time to recall the actions of the ECPAT network.

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COVID-19: Children at greater risk of sexual abuse and exploitation

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world in an unprecedented way. If the world is currently slowing down, sexual predators never stop and are continuously adapting. Many factors induced by this sanitary crisis facilitate the perpetuation of violence, especially against children. What is the impact of COVID-19 on children? What can we do to protect them, especially from sexual exploitation and abuse?

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The activity report 2019 is online!

2019 has been a busy year for ECPAT Belgium: numerous training sessions, publication of research and opinion articles, strengthening our network and partnerships… Find out more about ECPAT Belgium’s actions and impact in our new activity report.

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What are the quality standards for child sexual abuse reporting websites?

The ECPAT network has published a new study outlining quality standards for reporting lines for child sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. Since 2014, the platform www.dontlookaway.report has been increasingly successful. It now includes reporting lines from more than 20 countries around the world. In order for these websites to function and follow up complaints properly, members will now have to meet a number of quality criteria. The same applies, of course, to the Belgian site “I say STOP!

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10 Years Don´t Look Away Campaign against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism

On March 2nd, representatives from governments, police, the travel and tourism industry as well as the civil society from 7 European countries came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Don’t Look Away Campaign during an international Expert Meeting of the EU-Project “Alert Actors Report” that took place in Berlin (Germany) to end sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.

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Holiday Fairs in Antwerp, Brussels and Liège

12 days of exhibition, 3 cities, 1250 people sensitized … and a team of 14 fantastic volunteers.
This is the result of ECPAT Belgium’s presence at the tourism fairs in Antwerp (23-26 January), Brussels (6-9 February) and Liège (13-16 February). At these events, ECPAT Belgium had a stand to inform travellers about the possibility to report cases of child sexual abuse abroad. How to report? Through the “I say STOP!” platform.

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Launch of the CAPISCE research

How are child victims of trafficking protected in legal proceedings? In the framework of the CAPISCE project, a study will be published on the subject in Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The results of the national research will be compared and synthesized in a European research to be published at the end of 2020.

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National CAPISCE workshop

In the framework of the CAPISCE project, ECPAT Belgium will develop modules to train interpreters on child trafficking. Interpreters have an extremely important role to play in enforcing children’s right to understand and being understood. This is why they must be informed on the specific features related to the interpretation of the testimonies of children who are victims of trafficking.

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ECPAT is looking for actors!

Are you an actor? Professional or amateur? We need your help! 

We are prioritizing our search for 

👤 non-white people, volunteers, 
🎥 who can tell a story on camera, 
📖 based on real-life situations, where travelers have been faced with potential cases of child sexual abuse abroad and didn’t know how to react. 
🗣 The scripts are already written and will not last more than 30 seconds each. 
📍The shooting will take place end of February, in Brussels. 

Expenses for travel may be provided in Belgium only.

Are you interested? 

✉️ Contact arianecouvreur@ecpat.be

New study: Comparison of European low-threshold reporting mechanisms

Are the (inter)national reporting mechanisms efficient to collect reports of child sexual exploitation in travel and tourism? What would be the improvements needed to ensure that the information provided by travelers can be used in investigations and lead to prosecutions? ECPAT is pleased to announce the publication of a new study which aim was to collect and compare information regarding the international reporting platform (dontlookaway.report) as well as the national reporting portals (Austria, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands).  

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