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 “At the Millennium Summit, world leaders proclaimed freedom—from fear

and from want—as one of the essential values in the twenty-first century. Yet

the right to live in dignity, free from fear and want, is still denied to millions”

- Kofi A. Annan


The Palermo Protocols  define trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of children by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

 Child trafficking involves treating children as an object for the purpose of exploitation. Not only is it a violation of their rights and their well-being but it also denies them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
It is estimated that over 1.2 million children are being trafficked every year.
Children who have been exploited need protection. Protecting trafficked children involves placing them in a safe and child-friendly environment, providing them with health care, psychosocial support and other social services as well as helping them reintegrate with their families and the community, if it is proven to be in their best interest.

DCI-The Netherlands, especially through the ECPAT network, is very much involved in the issue of Child Trafficking, as the Netherlands is considered a prime destination for child trafficking and has also been identified as a transit point for children trafficked onwards to the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Since 2003, the DCI section of the Netherlands is associated with  ECPAT  (End Child Prostitution And Trafficking). They work together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography & the trafficking of children for sexual purposes and strongly promote awareness-raising and collaboration around the issue.

In 2011,  DCI-Ghana, in collaboration with Social Research Associates (SRA), organized a workshop which aimed at raising awareness about child trafficking for identifiable groups in Kumasi - a metropolis in Ghana’s Ashanti Region.
DCI-Ghana also made an appeal to the media to highlight the problem of child trafficking in order to educate their peers and the community on the dangers of the practice.
Ten communities of Ghana benefited from the Child Trafficking Projects implemented by the SRA & DCI-Ghana, and funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO).