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Information and Communication Technology: A Powerful Tool to Fight Against Trafficking Children

February 26, 2003

Presenter:  Professor Harendra de Silva, Chairman of the National Child Protection AuthorityHead, Department of Pediatrics, Karapitiya Hospital, Galle, Sri Lanka

In the Asia and the Pacific region alone, more than 30 million children, both boys and girls, have been traded over the last three decades (UNICEF 2003).  In the "Voices of the Poor" study, poor people frequently report that sex work performed by their daughters is an outcome of poverty and also contributes to the spread of HIV/AIDS.  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) could be a powerful tool for the prevention and protection of the victims, and also could help with investigations.  Professor Harendra de Silva, Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority, Sri Lanka (NCPA), presented successful strategies on how the use of ICTs helps combat the trafficking of children.

NCPA works on prevention, protection, recovery, rehabilitation, participation, and cooperation/coordination for the elimination of all forms of child abuse including sexual exploitation.  Members of the multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral NCPA Board are from national child-focus NGOs, the Police Department, and various parts of government, including the Attorney General's Department, and the ministries of Women's Affairs, Health, Justice, Labor, Social Services, and Education.

The session was chaired by Maurizia Tovo, Sr. Social Protection Specialist (AFTH2) who coordinates the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Thematic Group.

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