Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 by the United Nations as a day to celebrate children across the globe. Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
ECPAT believes that today is also a day to bring awareness to children around the world who suffer from commercial sexual exploitation. There are as many as 1.8 million children exploited in prostitution or pornography in the world today and human trafficking alone as an illegal industry generates billions of US dollars. ECPAT advocates for States to ratify and implement the Convention and its Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Help us spread awareness about these horrific crimes and join in our fight to stop the commercial sexual exploitation of children: http://www.ecpat.net/get-involved