Sexual violence against girls is an act of power

Gender imbalances, the misuse of power and gender norms have an impact on the fight against the sexual exploitation of children.

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A global network with one goal

ECPAT is a worldwide network of organizations working to end the sexual exploitation of children. We work at all levels, supporting shelters for survivors, training and supporting law enforcement, influencing governments and conducting a wide range of research.

At the heart of all our work is every child’s right to live free from sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Thailand: The demand for children fuels child trafficking of children for sexual purposes

Today, Thailand is not only a paradise for backpackers and honeymooners, but a key destination country for migrant workers, human trafficking and forced labour. In 2019, an estimated 3.9 million migrant workers were living and working in Thailand, both legally and illegally. Most of them came from neighbouring Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam. 480,000 were estimated to be stateless, while 100,000 were refugees and asylum seekers.

In our new story, we’ll tell you more about migrant workers, labour trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.

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The Bill of Rights for Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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118Member Organisations


ECPAT has members worldwide, some are large national coalitions, others are small grassroots organisations. Together we work at all levels to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Want to become a member? Email info@ecpat.org.

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You are never alone.

ECPAT arranged the first ever event where victims of child sexual exploitation could meet. In November 2016, we gathered 300 adult survivors from countries all over the world, to discuss the issue and share experiences.…

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Ally: I am a survivor because I am still here.

At the age of 16, Ally was sexually exploited by a man she met online. He threatened to share pictures of her if she went to the police, so she remained silent. This is her story.…

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Are boys being sexually exploited?

We often hear about how girls are being sexually exploited, but when it comes to boys - silence.

This is why ECPAT International is initiating a global study on the sexual exploitation of boys. We need to know more, and we need to open up and make sure boys can come to us for help.

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When on holiday, look out for:

Children are being sexually exploited by tourists and travellers every day. Learn how you might save a child's life next time you're on holiday.

Do you know what to look out for? Or what to do if you see something that doesn't feel right? Press play and we will tell you everything.

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