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ECPAT International receives INTERPOL’s “Crimes against children” award

ECPAT International received the prestigious INTERPOL “Crimes against Children” Award on the European Day Against Sexual Abuse. INTERPOL recognizes the efforts to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and to defend victims.At the award ceremony, ECPAT Director paid tribute to the 103 members – including ECPAT Belgium.

At the award ceremony, ECPAT Director paid tribute to the 103 members – including ECPAT Belgium.”Through research, advocacy, direct child outreach, education and campaigning, ECPAT members are making a difference in the lives of children.”

She added : “Because of the clandestine nature of child sexual exploitation, obtaining reliable data is difficult. Nevertheless, we know that the number of victims is very important and that very often these children suffer in silence.”

Global study on the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism

A summary of the Global Study of ECPAT International on sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, to which ECPAT Belgium contributed, is now available in French.

This study shed a new light on the phenomenon of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism and debunked a few myths related to the offenders and victims, as well as on the places and circumstances in which the phenomenon may occur.

A child-friendly version is also available in French.

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The new UN’s Global Goals : a commitment to fight commercial sexual exploitation of children!

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Today, Heads of State gathered for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York comitted to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SGDs).

These new goals include the promise to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2025, which includes commercial sexual exploitation of children.

These SGDs, which replace the Millenium Developpment Goals of 2000, are a great opportunity to reinforce our advocacy work towards Belgian and European authorities.

Link to the the press release.

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ECPAT International Network Celebrates 25 Years of Dedication to Ending CSEC

Twenty-five years to this day, the idea of a campaign to ‘End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism’ was launched in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the aim ‘to end the sexual abuse of children by tourists’.

 

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Twenty-five years later, this campaign has evolved into a global network of civil society organisations, now known by the acronym ECPAT, dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), with member groups and affiliates in 77 countries.

If we are proud of the achievements accomplished, we are also aware of the challenges ahead. So Happy Birthday ECPAT International and the fight goes on!

Presse release

 

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General Assembly of ECPAT International, 2-3 December, Paris

The 6th Assembly of ECPAT International took place in Paris on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2014.

The meeting has gathered more than 80 groups coming from 78 countries in order to approve the Strategic Framework 2015-2018. These guidelines will enhance ECPAT’s leading position in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children and ensure a better protection of children against these crimes.

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Beside the challenges ahead, the new Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism has been announced and will involve more than 30 countries worldwide. The study will be published in 2016.

 

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Protocole d’accord entre ECPAT et l’ Internet Watch Foundation

Le 22 Janvier, au cours d’une visite du Secrétariat d’ECPAT International au Royaume-Uni, un protocole d’accord a été signé avec l’Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). IWF est la ligne d’assistance téléphonique du Royaume-Uni de signalement des contenus illicites en ligne.

Ce protocole d’accord formalisera la collaboration entre l’IWF et ECPAT avec un accent particulier sur le développement de l’action commune pour prévenir l’exploitation sexuelle des enfants en ligne et retirer tout matériel pédopornographique en ligne hébergé partout dans le monde.

Grâce à ce partenariat, ECPAT International collaborera dans l’identification et la réalisation d’évaluations préparées au niveau des pays pour établir des lignes d’assistance téléphonique, partager des informations et promouvoir des numéros verts dans les pays où il n’existe aucun mécanisme pour le moment.

En travaillant plus étroitement ensemble, nous irons vers un monde où aucun enfant ne souffre d’exploitation sexuelle en ligne.

 

 

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Assemblée Générale d’ECPAT Belgique

L’assemblée générale d’ECPAT Belgique s’est tenue le 27 septembre dernier, en présence de Mark Capaldi, Head of Research and Policy chez ECPAT International. Il a présenté le travail d’ECPAT International, ses défis et ses perspectives pour les années à venir.

 

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