In May 1990, a passionate advocate from the Philippines, a Christian leader from Thailand, a committed researcher from Sri Lanka and a children’s rights advocate from Germany were among the 22 people who gathered in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The common thread that connected them was their passion for putting an end to the sexual exploitation of children.

At the end of five days of deliberations, the participants concluded: “we’ve had enough discussion, now let’s End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism”.

The campaign, and the acronym E-C-P-A-T, were born.

Since then, our commitment to take on what has turned out to be a global battle has grown, but so has the problem.

To find out more about ECPAT’s history, see our 25 Year History Book: Rallying the World to End Child Sexual Exploitation, commemorating the challenges overcome and hard-fought victories won.