“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.
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.
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.