The Host:

ECPAT-USA (Brooklyn, NY) has worked for over 2 decades, across all 50 states, to stop Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) at the source by advocating for laws to protect children and by educating and raising awareness among youth, first responders, and within the tourism industry. Learn more about ECPAT-USA.


The Challenge:

Develop an app for companies in the travel and tourism industry to provide them with a quick and easy way to report suspicious activities related to the CSEC.

Background:

“At least 100,000 children in the U.S. are sexually exploited each year.”

ECPAT-USA envisions a world in which no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.

Why Care?

Sex tourism doesn’t just happen in Thailand, Mexico or Amsterdam, it happens right here in the U.S.ecpat-image
At least 100,000 children in the U.S. are victims of commercial sexual exploitation each year, and 300,000 more are at risk. American travellers are also victimizing children when they visit other countries. Statistics suggest that 25% of foreign sex tourists are from the U.S. and Canada.

Who’s at Risk?

Both male and female children with backgrounds of abuse and neglect, who are in foster homes, homeless, or runaways are the most at risk. Exploitation usually happens around the travel industry, especially in hotels, without the staff or other visitors even knowing.

Resources

Challenge Brief 10/8/2015 (PDF)
CSEC Indicators (PDF)
What I've Been Through Is Not Who I Am - Full Documentary (Video)
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