ECPAT International

end of child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes – also in french and spanish

  • Vision: Realisation of the right of all children to live free of child prostitution, child pornography and child trafficking for sexual purposes.
  • Mission: ECPAT International is a global network of organisations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes …  (full text Vision, Mission).

What; Where; CSEC Database; Resources; Campaign; NPA; ECPAT Network; Publications; Support;
Address: ECPAT International, 328 Phayathai Road, Rachathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400;

History: In 1990, researchers at a tourism consultation in Thailand first exposed the degree to which child prostitution was increasing in many Asian countries.  

The consultation ended with a determination to take action, and ECPAT was established as a three-year campaign focusing on ending the ‘commercial’ aspect of sexual exploitation of children.

The early years of ECPAT’s work was concentrated on expanding the campaign in the region; defining its strategy; and establishing relationships with the media, police authorities, state institutions, international organizations. In March 1991, ECPAT produced its first Newsletter and in 1992 the first book, ‘The Child and the Tourist’ was published.. The book revealed the real situation of prostituted children in Asia, as well as the degree of (or lack of) action being taken to end child prostitution.

The first international consultation to assess the problem was held in Thailand in March 1992, where it was agreed that the focus should not be limited to national laws in Asian countries, but rather it should address the international scope of the problem. It was the first time that children actively participated in such an event which gave added significance to the conference … (full long text History).

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