For a world without child sexual exploitation

OUR MISSION

ECPAT Luxembourg’s mission is to fight by all legal means against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Luxembourg and the countries where it operates, as well as to raise public awareness and inform public opinion about the rights of the child in this area. It will facilitate the identification and implementation of programmes for vulnerable children and/or victims of commercial sexual exploitation and their families. These programmes will include one or more of these areas: prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of children.

OUR VALUES

Partnership

The partnership is based on a relationship of mutual and long-term trust. Each stakeholder maintains its autonomy but is committed to pooling their efforts and resources for the same goal.

Participation

We consider active participation in our projects, and in particular that of children, as a fundamental right, in the spirit of Article 12 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Their views are taken into account and they influence the decision-making processes that directly affect them.

Neutrality

We work with our beneficiaries without any ethnic, political, religious or economic discrimination. Our ambition is to meet proven needs as efficiently and efficiently as possible.

Independence

We are not subject to any obedience, whether political, religious or economic. Our intervention decisions are guided only by our vision and mission, as defined in our social purpose.

We are also independent of any other member of our network.

OUR HISTORY

THE ECPAT NETWORK

Origins

ECPAT was established in 1990 as a one-off, regional campaign to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children. EcPAT (End Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) began in Stockholm in 1996 as an international network, at the first World Congress to Fight ESEC. This Congress, held in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and the Queen of Sweden, gives rise to an Agenda for Action which advocates a package of measures to combat this scourge.

Now

Today, the international ECPAT network has 106 members in 97 countries,including our neighbours: Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands. It is a global reference on issues of combating sexual exploitation and child trafficking.

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SOME DEFINITIONS

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) ''1''

“The ECSE is defined as the sexual abuse committed by an adult on a child in exchange for in-kind or cash compensation paid to the child or to one or more third parties in a process in which the child is treated as a sexual object and as a commercial object”

Child prostitution ''2''

“Child prostitution refers to the use of a child for sexual activity for a fee or any other form of benefit”

Child pornography ''3''

“Involves any representation, by any means, of a child engaging in explicit, real or simulated sexual activities, or any representation of a child’s sexual organs, for primarily sexual purposes.”

Trafficking in children for sexual purposes ''4''

“Denotes the recruitment, transport, transfer, accommodation or reception of a child for exploitation.”

Sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism ''5''

“The commercial sexual exploitation of children by people who travel from one place to another and have sex with minors. Often they travel from a richer country to a less developed destination, but tourists who have sex with children can also be travelers in their own country or region “

Child ''6''

“Any human being under the age of 18, unless the majority is reached earlier, under the law applicable to him.”

References

[1] According to the Declaration drawn up at the First World Congress Against Child Sexual Exploitation held in Stockholm in 1996

[2] Optional protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Article 2.

[3] The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

[4] Additional protocol to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime to Prevent, Repress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children

[5] While definitions of child prostitution, child trafficking for sexual purposes and child pornography are specified in international legal arrangements, there is no legal definition of child sex tourism. The proposed definition is that of ECPAT International

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