ECPAT International received the prestigious INTERPOL “Crimes against Children” Award on the European Day Against Sexual Abuse. INTERPOL recognizes the efforts to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and to defend victims.

Crimes against children

At the award ceremony, ECPAT Director paid tribute to the 103 members – including ECPAT Belgium. “Through research, advocacy, direct child outreach, education and campaigning, ECPAT members are making a difference in the lives of children.”

She added : “Because of the clandestine nature of child sexual exploitation, obtaining reliable data is difficult. Nevertheless, we know that the number of victims is very important and that very often these children suffer in silence.”