Protect Children Campaign Partner: ECPAT

Mission Statement
ECPAT 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. It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

Policy document

  • ECPAT seeks to ensure that no child under the age of 18 is obliged by circumstances of poverty, or under threat or duress, or for any other reason to prostitute themselves.
  • ECPAT considers that any child involved in prostitution is a victim of exploitation, and promotes legislative provisions, law enforcement mechanisms and legal procedures to ensure that the child victim of exploitation is treated as such.
  • ECPAT opposes all activities which encourage the use of children as sexual commodities.
  • ECPAT opposes child sex tourism, and is committed to working at national and international levels both in the tourist-sending and the tourist-destination countries to combat it.
  • ECPAT seeks to promote the existing tools to combat child sex tourism, to promote training for tourism personnel, and to encourage the tourism industry to adopt standards of operation which will positively discourage child sex tourism.
  • ECPAT seeks to ensure that any act of child sexual abuse is capable of being prosecuted both at national level and extraterritorially.
  • ECPAT is committed to the undertaking of adequate research to understand the extent and nature of the phenomenon of child prostitution in every region of the world. We need to understand who are the victims and who are the perpetrators, and the socio-economic environment in which children become vulnerable to sexual exploitation in order to convey to governments and society the changes needed to implement the Stockholm Agenda for Action.
  • ECPAT seeks to identify and promote prevention policies which result in children avoiding the sex industry as a means of economic support, and which enable them to enjoy a childhood with educational opportunities.
  • ECPAT seeks to identify and promote means for rehabilitating and protecting the victims of prostitution and appropriate training for caregivers of the victims.


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