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Sexual Exploitation of Children through tourism: ECPAT has a message for the holidays

Revenge porn or sexual extortion are only some of the problem Japan has to deal with when protecting children. Bangkok based ECPAT International is actively working in Japan and 92 other countries to prevent sexual exploitation of children through tourism with 104 network members.

As an example, Japan is considered a destination, source, and transit country for human trafficking. Victims are primarily trafficked from Asian countries, particularly the Philippines and Thailand, as well as South America, Eastern Europe and Russia. Japanese nationals, including children, are also trafficked within the country for prostitution and pornography. Finally, Japan is undoubtedly the trademark country for manga and anime, meaning sexy, dirty, naughty, and lascivious behaviors, including “boys love.”

ECPAT’s achievements in 2018 have included the completion of ground-breaking research on the online sexual exploitation of children; an incredibly productive meeting of the network and international summit in Bogotá and a newly approved ECPAT strategic framework; the filing of multiple reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child and Human Rights Council; forging commitments from the international community to stop travelling child sex offenders; the beginning of a powerful study into the sexual exploitation of boys; a productive consultation with religious leaders in Abu Dhabi; and the release of multiple national and regional studies on the sexual exploitation of children, including in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, South Korea and Viet Nam – to name but a few.

ECPAT Executive Director Robbert van den Berg said in his holiday greetings. “Of course, despite the achievements of the year, our work is far from finished. Countless children all over the world will be sexually exploited in 2019 – and no country or region is immune. I hope, however, that when we return to work in January we can make next year just as productive as the last.”


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