Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young
trafficking is the third largest and fastest growing criminal activity in
the world. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million children are
trafficked domestically or across borders each year. In order to end this
serious crime and abuse of children and young people, ECPAT and The Body
Shop have formed a partnership to create and implement the global “STOP Sex
Trafficking of Children & Young People Campaign.” For more information or to
join the campaign, click:
Awareness, Capacity and Motivation for the Protection of Children from
Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Tourism'
Five European ECPAT groups and six south partners have joint forces and
implementing a three-years project aiming at increasing awareness and
knowledge on sexual exploitation of children in tourism and building up the
capacity for preventive actions among tourism professionals, students as
well as other relevant stakeholders such as law enforcement and governmental
authorities. The project 'Offenders Beware - Raising Awareness, Capacity and
Motivation for the Protection of Children from Commercial Sexual
Exploitation in Tourism' is supported by European Commission and several
overall objective of the project is to contribute to the protection of
minors from Commercial Sexual exploitation in travel and Tourism. More
specifically, the project aims to make it more difficult for European
perpetrators to abuse minors in developing countries and put pressure on
them to refrain from this severe human rights perpetration
objective of the project is to increase the awareness, capacity and
motivation to take action for the protection of minors from commercial
sexual exploitation of children in tourism among European actors involved in
tourism from the public and private sectors, media and individuals
1. Addressing tourism professionals and students through awareness raising
measures (including producing materials) for tourism professionals and
tourism students in the EU partner countries including an e-learning-course
2. Addressing key persons and multipliers in private and public sectors
through advocacy and sensitization activities as well as European and
national parliamentarians and other EU/national key decision-makers and
politicians; organizing joint expert meetings with the tourism industry, law
enforcement, governmental authorities, NGOs and with South partners
3. Information of public and media on child sex tourism through press work,
tourism fairs, documentation and publications
4. Train-the-trainer (ToT) seminars and development of training manual and
standards for awareness raising measures in the EU partners' countries
expert meeting 2010
In the expert meeting on 7th to 9th of March 2010 in Berlin the role of
different stakeholders in tourism destinations and countries of origin of
sex offenders were discussed in relation to the improvement of reporting
procedures. It focused on existing reporting procedures for child sex
tourism cases in different countries and how the number of reports can be
improved. This meeting brought together over fifty international experts on
combating child sex tourism from the tourism sector, law enforcement and
NGOs. Over twenty different countries were represented at the meeting.
experts think on combating child sex tourism
ECPAT interviewed 31 experts from tour operators, hotels, airline companies,
NGO's, tourism schools and governmental organizations in five countries to
gather opinions on how to improve signing, implementation, monitoring and
communication of the Code of Conduct. Read the report:
of Conduct as a tool to combat child sex tourism
International (Giorgio Berardi, ECPAT International)
The Code in
local destination Costa Rica (Milena Grillo, Paniamor)
The Code in
local destination: Russia (Olga Kolpakova, Stellit)
The Code in
local destination: Dominican Republic (Luiz Mendez, MAIS)
think on the Code of Conduct (Celine Verheijen, ECPAT-NL)
“Big Brother, Big Sister”
Background: program “Big Brother, Big Sister”
was started in USA. In Estonia this program was initiated in 1997 in the
rooms of Tartu Child Support Center. In 1998 Estonian based program and
in 1999 Russian based program were started in Tallinn. The similar program
was started in Pärnu in 2001. In 2002 NGO Big Bother Big Sister Estonian
Association was started, uniting all BBBS centers, and belonging to the
international movement Big Brothers, Big Sisters International. Since
2003 BBBS program operates also in Rakvere, Viljandi, Kuressaare and Narva.
to establish friendship between two individuals – a child and a
To promote higher self-esteem of young brothers and sisters and help to
establish a positive worldview, that would help them to overcome the difficulties
they might face in life.
To spread and value the principle of voluntariness in Estonia.
This movement is for a child
- Who needs
a good and trustworthy friend
- Who suffers
from school difficulties or behavioural problems
- Who feels
oneself lonely, neglected or repelled
family has encountered crises as a result of divorce, disease or some
A support person might be anybody who is at least 18 years old, and is
willing to take care and provide help as well as act as a friend for one
small friend for at least one year of time. Currently the majority of
support persons are the university students.
to join this program the would-be support person has to participate in
a special training and later monthly in supervision sessions
contract will be concluded between the child, the support person and the
parent or caregiver of the child, that might be renewed after the first
pair will meet weekly for 2-3 hours to spend time together. These pairs
of friends have enjoyed roller-skating, been in café, visited different
exhibitions, went in for swimming, and taken part in various events, like
Christmas Show, excursions, adventurous camps, etc.
there are 25 active pairs.
is financed by the Tartu local government and Ministry of Social Affairs
Project “For Better
Background: Relying both on our own experiences and on
international studies one could say that it is more reasonable and cheaper
to put energy into prevention than to deal with the outcomes. Abuse prevention
should be started before the birth of the child, to teach parenting skills.
prevention of abuse by raising parenting skills.
Lectures for specialists and for pregnant.
Group work, individual counselling and treatment for target group.
financed by Women’s World Day of Prayer German Committee, and East-
and Central-European Foundations Alliance of Holland, World Childhood
project “Child Abuse and Treatment” (Belarus);
Training program for the child specialists of St. Petersburg and Pskov
Background: Training projects in Russia have become feasible
due to The East Europe Committee of the Swedish Health Care Community
to increase the knowledge and skills of specialists in recognising an
abused child, in helping the abused children and their family members,
and in abuse prevention.
The social workers, legal practitioners, medical practitioners and university
students of St.Petersburg and Pskov.
3-cyclic (each for 3 days) training seminars for the target group.
is financed by the East Europe Committee of the Swedish Healthcare Community.