At the request of Ron O’Grady, founder of ECPAT International, Acting for Life provides substantial human, logistical and financial support to ECPAT France.
ECPAT France has a vocation to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children, i.e. all forms of child prostitution, child pornography and the sale and trafficking of children for purposes of sexual abuse. The ECPAT campaign was born at the initiative of various voluntary bodies which, at the end of the 1980s, put out a call for mobilization from South-East Asia. Nowadays, ECPAT is an international network represented in more than 70 countries across the world.
Apart from supporting ECPAT France, the "ECPAT – Child Protection and Youth Promotion" desk ofActing for Life Life is responsible for initiating many field programmes in co-operation with ECPAT International.
Since 1997, ECPAT France has undertaken the following work:
ECPAT has developed solid partnerships with many others involved in this battle, e.g. public authorities, tourist industry professionals, media, international organizations and associations.
Activities 2008 – 2011
"Inform and educate in Europe to protect children in developing countries against commercial sexual exploitation": the watchword for the coming years.
ECPAT France is currently developing a multi-year programme with Acting for Life and ECPAT Luxembourg, which is designed to inform European public opinion about the commercial sexual exploitation of children in developing countries and to educate key players in this fight. ECPAT Monaco Méditerranée is also now taking part in this project.
The programme targets three forms of sexual exploitation:
This programme is aimed at:
The main activities envisaged focus on eight main themes: