ECPAT International meets in Pattaya

Friday, 08 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By  Vittaya Yoondorn

Representatives from a Thailand-based global network of organizations working to eliminate child prostitution met in Pattaya to educate public officials and social workers on trafficking, exploitation and child rights.

Phusa Sriwilas and Kessanee Jantrakul of ECPAT International spoke to representatives from the Macy Foundation, World Ministry Foundation, Hand to Hand Foundation and the Social Development and Human Stability Ministry to offer knowledge protecting children’s rights and to brainstorm ideas on how to eliminate child prostitution and abuse.

Phusa Sriwilas (left), from the Asia and Pacific office of ECPAT International, addresses a meeting of caring citizens concerned with protecting our children.Phusa Sriwilas (left), from the Asia and Pacific office of ECPAT International, addresses a meeting of caring citizens concerned with protecting our children.

Phusa said the “children’s rights contract” is a “contract between nations” that children from all countries are entitled to certain rights from birth and that member countries must act to protect those rights.

ECPAT - which stands for Eliminate Child Prostitution in Asia Tourism - now works around the world as ECPAT International to promote its four principals that there should be no discrimination against children in protecting their rights; children must be the first priority before the law; that governments must foster the development of health, mind and emotions; and children have the right to express their opinions in making a decision.

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