The global child soldier problem is a global epidemic.
More than 200 million children have been forced into forced labour and sexual slavery around the world.
At the same time, the number of people who have been kidnapped and forced into child labour has been increasing, with the global total of those in child slavery up by more than 2 million in 2017.
It is estimated that between 80 and 100 million children worldwide are in the sex trade.
While child soldiers are often targeted for abuse and forced labour, many more children are exploited in the production and consumption of child goods, which include traditional foods and traditional medicines.
The Global Alliance Against Child Labor (GAACL) is a non-governmental organisation working on behalf of the global child trafficking network.
GAACL was founded in 2005 and has been working on the issue of child exploitation since its founding.
In 2016, the group published the first global report on child trafficking and trafficking-related crimes.
In 2017, GAACN released the second report on global child exploitation.
The third report, which was released in 2018, highlighted the role of child protection in tackling child exploitation and trafficking.
The fourth report, published in 2020, identified more than 20 key issues for child protection, including child labour and forced prostitution.
This report aims to create a framework for addressing the global problem of child trafficking, by helping to define, quantify and understand the causes and consequences of child labour, child trafficking- related crimes, forced labour exploitation and the effects of trafficking on children.
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GAAPL’s main objectives are to: 1) help the global community better understand the root causes of child abuse and trafficking, and how they intersect; 2) develop best practices to reduce child trafficking; 3) develop a framework to address child trafficking across the globe, including in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, Europe, Asia, and Oceania; 4) identify the most effective and cost-effective solutions to tackling child trafficking in each region; 5) provide technical support for research on the root cause of child sex trafficking; 6) strengthen existing international legal frameworks, and the global response, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on Prevention of and Punishment of Trafficking in Persons and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of Weapons.
GAAPSL also aims to contribute to a global response to combat child sex tourism, the exploitation of children, and trafficking through its research, training and technical assistance to the Global Task Force on Child Sex Tourism, which has been coordinating the global efforts to combat trafficking in children.
The organisation is also currently developing its own child protection strategy to be launched in 2020.
GAASPL’s primary goal is to address the root and effect of child sexual abuse and to prevent and address the trafficking of children.
Its activities include: 1.
Developing a global framework for prevention and prevention research, including a global database and a global training programme for child health professionals; 2.
Providing support to the UNICEF-affiliated National Child Protection Unit (NCPFU) to support the training of international child protection specialists; 3.
Provide technical assistance for child exploitation prevention research and analysis and other activities; 4.
Working with stakeholders on a global network to provide assistance to law enforcement and government officials on the prevention of child human trafficking; 5.
Supporting research into the causes of sexual violence and other forms of sexual abuse, including gender-based violence and sexual exploitation; 6.
Working in conjunction with UNICEFs National Office on Child Protection and Human Rights (NOCPHR) and the World Health Organization’s International Child and Family Violence Prevention Centre (ICVWPC), working to develop and disseminate national best practice, to identify best practices for prevention of sex tourism and child exploitation, and to provide training and advice to law-enforcement agencies, child protection professionals, government agencies, NGOs, civil society, and others.
The NOCPH is a joint project of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, and Norway.
GAATPL is a part of the Global Alliance against Child Labor, and is currently working on a number of projects.
GAATSL aims to help the international community to better understand and combat child trafficking through the development of a global understanding of the root factors of child maltreatment, the causes, the consequences and the prevention strategies that can prevent child trafficking.
In 2020, GAATSD released its first report, a compilation of its research and work on child labour in all its forms, including forced labour; child prostitution and sex tourism; child pornography and child sexual exploitation, including pornography; child abuse, and child abuse related crimes; and child trafficking among other forms.
GAATT was established in 2014 to address gender-related