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. ECPAT was established in 1990 as a campaign to
end child prostitution in Asian tourism. Nowadays ECPAT has widen the scope of
its work to the issues of child pornography and the trafficking of children for
sexual purposes and exists of more than 70 groups that are active in more than
60 countries worldwide.
ECPAT The Netherlands
ECPAT-NL exists since 1995 and as of 2003 is a cooperative with Defence for
Children International The Netherlands. ECPAT-NL is supported by stichting
Kinderpostzegels Nederland, Plan Nederland ( the former Foster Parents Plan),
Mensen in Nood/Cordaid and Kerk in Actie/Kinderen in de Knel. ECPAT-NL works
closely with organisations in The Netherlands and internationally that are
active against sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
ECPAT-NL is raising awareness on commercial sexual exploitation of children in
Dutch society. ECPAT-NL is also lobbying for adequate and effective law
enforcement and prevention and healthcare programmes regarding the prevention of
sexual exploitation of children at governmental and societal level. Also the
private sector, like internet service providers and the tourism industry are
addressed to take responsibility to protect children from sexual exploitation.
ECPAT-NL has played an important role in the development, execution and
monitoring of the Dutch National Action Plan 'Sexual Abuse of children'.
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NAPS English Summary
Report of the Second World Congress
Outcome document Second World Congress
Outcome document regional meeting Budapest
Prevention and healthcare programmes
Code of Conduct for the tourism industry
LACK OF PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING
IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
“Prostituted and trafficked children in Central and Eastern Europe generally
are seen as criminal offenders engaging in anti-social behaviour and not as
victims of exploitation. Minor victims are very harshly treated by traffickers
and exploiters, but there is no specific protection within the legislation and
in the law enforcement system and there are no specific provisions for care,
recovery and repatriation. Therefore minors should be given priority in
anti-trafficking measures.” These are the main conclusions of the ECPAT Europe
Law enforcement Group, coordinated by ECPAT Netherlands, in its report ‘Joint
East West Research on Trafficking in Minors for Sexual Purposes in Europe: the
Sending Countries’. This research is presented at the meeting of the Stability
Pact Taskforce on Trafficking in Human Beings on 24 March 2004 in Belgrade.
The Joint East West Research is a follow up of the report on receiving countries
in Western Europe published in 2001. The focus in the report is on eight Central
and Eastern European countries: Albania, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia,
Moldova, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. Updates were provided on the situation in
eight western European countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The
Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom.
No country could provide reliable statistics on the number of children
trafficked into, within, or out of their country. Numbers mentioned in the
different country reports vary from a few to several hundreds. The research
shows an increase in awareness on trafficking in minors and a movement towards
harmonised anti-trafficking legislation in Western Europe. Most countries in
Central and Eastern Europe have adopted anti-trafficking provisions in their
legislation. But protection for children is weak and there is a serious lack of
specific recovery programmes.
The most important recommendations from ECPAT to improve the situation of minors
- Protect children in the countries of origin. Give children
priority in legislation and law enforcement; criminalize the purchase
of sexual services from minors and in-country trafficking; make
criminal investigations of trafficking and sexual exploitation child
- All countries should research the extent and nature of child
sexual exploitation in their domestic context. Common data
registration systems should be developed in Europe specific to
trafficked, exploited and missing minors. Each country should appoint
a National Rapporteur on trafficking in human beings
- Awareness-raising, education and training must target a range of
risk groups as well as professionals in combating trafficking. Media
must be sensitised to the protection of children.
- Encourage the expansion of Help Lines as well as specific
programmes for shelter, recovery and repatriation. A child rights
based approach should be the basis for such programmes.
- Promote and enhance anti-trafficking multi stakeholder cooperation
of government, international agencies and NGOs.
The research was co-funded by the European Commission’s STOP II program and
the Oak foundation.