For a national reporting system

With an action tour through German cities, the network ECPAT wants to collect signatures for a petition against sex trafficking of children and adolescents. After the prelude in Cologne and Aachen, the signature campaign, for which youth groups of church congregations, for example, are involved, will be continued in Bonn on Saturday.

"With the petition, we are calling on the federal government and states to provide child-friendly support to victims of child trafficking while establishing a national reporting system," said Mechthild Mauerer, ECPAT executive director. Next year, all signatures collected will be handed over to the United Nations.With the petition ECPAT also wants to achieve improvements in the fight against sexual exploitation of minors through a targeted qualification of police officers and staff of youth and immigration authorities. On the campaign tour through eleven cities, which will last until the end of the month and will lead to Hanover, Hamburg, Berlin and Marburg, among others, German youths with yellow T-shirts and with large "NoNo hands" will advertise in city centers and pedestrian zones for better protection of their peers at home and abroad, as ECPAT explained. They are part of a worldwide campaign against sexual exploitation and human trafficking in 66 countries around the world. missio and carol singers are dab "According to UN reports, human trafficking is the third largest and fastest growing criminal trade in the world today," said Alexander Borwitzky of the cosmetics company The Body Shop, action partner of ECPAT. Many millions of children would be exploited in global commercial sex trade each year.Founded in 2001, ECPAT Germany is supported by 29 independent organizations. These include the Campaign against Child Prostitution – Working Group in the Protestant Church of Westphalia, the Ecumenical Initiative of the Campaign against Child Prostitution in Hagen, the Catholic relief organizations missio and Sternsinger and the Wuppertal-based international church association Vereinte Evangelische Mission. The goal is to combat the sexual exploitation of children in prostitution, pornography and child trafficking.

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