International Migrants Day is held annually on 18 December to recognise the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. The date also honours the adoption of the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families by the UN General Assembly in 1990.
There are an estimated 232 million migrants worldwide and 1 in 10 is under the age of 15. The majority of these children travel with their families, although there are still many children moving independently. Child migrants, especially those travelling alone, are particularly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation through prostitution or pornography. The pressure on these children to earn money, either for survival or to contribute to the household they have left behind, make them easy targets for sex traffickers.
All children have the right to live free from commercial sexual exploitation. On International Migrants Day please share this message and join ECPAT’s fight!