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Together to protect Phuket’s children from sexual exploitation

Posted on Mar 2, 2020

For the first time ever, the local Network on Child Protection in Phuket and Patong Municipality signed an agreement on continuing efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

Since 2017, ECPAT International and The Code have been leading an initiative in Phuket, encouraging travel and tourism businesses to better protect children from sexual exploitation. Both hotel staff, teachers and children have been trained on how to spot and protect children from this crime, and with this agreement, another important step was taken.

“We are so pleased that the Network on Child Protection and the Patong Municipality are taking a stance on children’s rights, signing this agreement really shows their commitment!”

– Robbert van den Berg, Executive Director at ECPAT International.

This agreement is the first of its kind in Thailand and it’s essential to the ongoing initiative to improve the protection of children in Phuket through engagement, collaboration and partnerships between the Network on Child Protection and Patong’s local community. The MoU was officially endorsed by Ms Chalermluck Kebsup, the Mayor of Patong Municipality, and Mr Itthichot Kulrattanachot, the Chair of the Network on Child Protection, and show their strong commitment to the protection of children.

This is how ECPAT is working to protect children in travel and tourism