Ending the Silence on Child Sexual Exploitation is a podcast by ECPAT International. ECPAT is a global network of organisations working to end the sexual exploitation of children through prostitution, trafficking, online and in travel and tourism. In this podcast, we will share what we know about the issue, what is being done to tackle the problem, how children are affected around the world, and what you can do to support the fight to eliminate this crime. We will give you the full picture.
New research from ECPAT International shines a light on boys engaging in their own sexual exploitation by selling sex in Thailand. The report reveals a big knowledge gap amongst frontline welfare service providers, problematic beliefs and attitudes about male and gender diverse child victims, systematic victim-blaming, and an urgent need to adjust support services to fit boy survivors’ needs.
In 2020, ECPAT carefully talked with 20 young people of ‘diverse SOGIE’ who are exchanging sex, to learn what their life is like. In this group, 11 young people identified their gender as male; six called themselves ‘ladyboys’; two identified as trans women, and one as ‘gender of the alternative.’ They were between 15–24 years old, and the majority migrated to cities from rural provinces in Thailand. The majority had been exchanging sex for over a year and around half started doing so while still children. The team at ECPAT also wanted to understand welfare service providers’ attitudes to working with boys and talked to 65 frontline workers in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Pattaya. This is what we found.
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South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa have long struggled with protecting girls from sexual exploitation. Offenders take advantage of legal loopholes and weak child protection systems to commit their crimes and get away with it. The need for change was urgent, and ECPAT took on the mission of making a change. In this episode, we'll walk you through how we did it.
Thanks to our partners in the Girls Advocacy Alliance; Plan International Netherlands, Terres des Hommes Netherlands, Defence for children-ECPAT Netherlands, and to our regional partners ASEAN, SAIEVAC, AIPA and ACERWC.
In episode 13, youth activists Jana from North Macedonia, and Miatta and Isaac from Liberia helped us understand how UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women can help protect girls and women from sexual exploitation. In this episode, we'll hear more from them about how they are working for girls' rights in their own communities.
With support from Girls Advocacy Alliance - an initiative of Plan International Netherlands, Terre des Hommes Netherlands and Defence for Children - ECPAT Netherlands, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Strada International, International Women's Rights Action Watch, Defence for Children International-Liberia (ECPAT Liberia). Podcast edit: Magdalena Mair.
Corinne Dettmeijer from the Netherlands is nominated to be one of the new experts of the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW, and in this episode, she helps us understand how we can join forces to protect girls and women worldwide. Youth activists Jana from North Macedonia, and Miatta and Isaac from Liberia will also ask Corinne a bunch of questions about her work and the way ahead.
With support from Girls Advocacy Alliance - an initiative of Plan International Netherlands, Terre des Hommes Netherlands and Defence for Children - ECPAT Netherlands, in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Strada International, International Women's Rights Action Watch, Defence for Children International-Liberia (ECPAT Liberia). Podcast edit: Magdalena Mair
Today, we're telling you what we know about the sexual exploitation of children in Albania. For example, Roma children are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, children exploited in prostitution are not fully protected by the law and the government's strategies and plans to protect children have little funding and therefore can't be implemented. www.ecpat.org/albania
In this episode, we're sharing three stories of how travel and tourism businesses in Bolivia, with help from ECPAT Bolivia, have been working to protect children from sexual exploitation.
Edit and voice over: Magdalena Mair
As ECPAT reaches 30 years on the 5th of May 2020, the reality is that the end of the sexual exploitation of children remains unfinished business. This year certainly marks a major milestone in ECPAT’s history and provides a moment to remember and to celebrate. However, this is not a time to rest. As ECPAT enters a new chapter of our history, we are reminded of the determination of our founders and the incredible power of collective action all across the globe.
This is the story of ECPAT International.
Voice over and edits: Magdalena Mair
The Middle East and North Africa region is currently considered one of the most unstable areas in the world. There are ongoing conflicts and political tensions in six countries: Syria, the State of Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, and political unrest continues in others. These are extraordinarily dangerous situations for vulnerable children. For example, sexual violence and exploitation can be used as a tactic of war. It also creates extreme economic hardship and limits educational and work opportunities–pushing vulnerable families and children into danger.
Voice over and edit: Magdalena Mair
Child marriage is a product of cultural, social, and religious beliefs and practices intertwined with economic hardships, political instability, conflict and displacement. Poor girls, girls from rural communities or conflict-affected countries, and out-of-school girls are especially vulnerable to child marriage in the Middle East and North Africa.
At very broad levels, boys are expected to be tough and dominant while girls are expected to be submissive and protect their ‘purity’ and virginity. Taboos around discussing sex and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa limit opportunities to improve awareness and create protective strategies.
ECPAT International's new research highlights some of the biggest issues in the Middle East and North Africa; the sexual exploitation of children in war and conflict, through child marriages, and as influenced by complex gender norms. To understand the possibilities for change, we will give you some context to the realities of people in 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa are facing in this episode. Part 1 out of 4.
In this episode, we will go through the linkages between the coronavirus and child sexual exploitation. As the world responds to COVID-19, we see that push factors that facilitate or lead to sexual exploitation of children are expected to intensify. According to ECPAT members across the world, restrictions imposed by governments to curb the virus heavily impact on children.
Today, we're telling you what we know about the sexual exploitation of children in Turkey. For example, in 2017, major protests occurred in Turkey after the proposal of a bill that would have postponed the sentences of child sex offenders if they married their victims. In response to the outrage, the bill was withdrawn, but in January 2020 the government announced plans for a similar new bill to be introduced.
Part 1/2. Today, Thailand is not only a paradise for backpackers and honeymooners but a key destination country for migrant workers, human trafficking and forced labour. Estimations say that Thailand is home to about 610,000 human trafficking victims. Many are children trafficked for multiple reasons, but the trafficking of children for sexual exploitation continues to be one of the most common purposes.
Story in partnership with Diakonia Sweden and ECPAT Sweden.
Read more at ecpat.org/thailand
नेपालमा विद्यमान बाल यौन शोषणबारे तपाईँलाई के कस्तो जानकारी छ ? बाल यौन दुव्र्यवहार लाइभ स्ट्रीमिङ अपराधीकरण गरिएको छैन भन्ने तपाईँलाई जानकारी छ ? यस्तै आर्थिक कठिनाईबाट छुट्कारा पाएर बाँच्न परिवारहंरुले छोरीको विवाह गरीदिएको ? आज हामी तपाईँहरुलाई हाम्रो जानकारीमा रहेका सबै कुरा बताउँछौं ।
In this episode, we will tell you what we know about the sexual exploitation of children in Nepal. For example, grooming, sexual extortion and live-streaming of child sexual abuse are not criminalised, orphanage tourism puts children at risk of exploitation, and having children married has been a way for desperate families to survive economic hardship.
As a teenager, Rusul dropped out of school to work. It was tough, and after a while, she started dreaming of getting married. She wanted someone who could share the burden and provide for her. A man who had been coming to her store every day grabbed her attention, they got married. She thought the marriage was forever, but after a few weeks, he disappeared.
In this episode, you will hear more about Rasul's journey, and how temporary marriages are used by perpetrators of trafficking.
A new report from ECPAT, warns that political and socioeconomic factors affecting Greece over a number of years have left children - especially unaccompanied child migrants - vulnerable to sexual exploitation. Over-stretched and inadequate government services and shelters for children sometimes leave them fending for themselves and more likely to fall into the hands of child sex offenders. Here is a summary of the findings.