Terre des Hommes has been receiving support from the Postcode Lottery since 1996. Thanks to this support, Terre des Hommes prevents child exploitation, removes children from exploitative situations and ensures that these children can develop in a safe environment.
The Nationale Postcode Loterij (National Postcode Lottery) was founded in 1989 in order to support charities. Meanwhile, 3 million Dutch people also participate. Every month they have the chance to win hundreds of thousands of prizes. At the same time, the participants support 117 charities with half of the lottery ticket. Since the founding of the Postcode Loterij (Postcode Lottery) around 5.8 million euros has been donated towards humanity and nature. Many organisations, including Terre des Hommes, receive support every year. Since 2005, the format of the Postcode Loterij is also active in the United Kingdom and Sweden, amongst others, where the People's Postcode Lottery and the Svenska PostkodLotteriet raised funds for charities. In the Netherlands, the Nationale Postcode Loterij works together with the BankGiro Lottery (Bank Lottery) and the VriendenLoterij (Friends Lottery) within the Goede Doelen Loterijen (Charity Lotteries). Novamedia/Postcode Loterijen is the third largest private charity donor in the world.
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The Nationale Postcode Loterij supports the work of Terre des Hommes to stop child exploitation worldwide for over 20 years. Since 1996 Terre des Hommes receives an annual amount of 2.25 million euros from the Nationale Postcode Loterij. In January 2016 that support was extended to 2020. During the Goed Geld Gala 2019 (Good Money Gala) on Monday 4th of March, Terre des Hommes received an extra donation of 2,9 million euros additional to the regular amount of 2.25 million for the project #Sweetie24/7.
The Nationale Postcode Loterij donates an additional amount of € 2,970,000 to Terre des Hommes for the #Sweetie24/7 project. Through Sweetie, Terre des Hommes searches online for the sexual exploitation of children via the internet. With the extra contribution, Terre des Hommes wants to transfer the Sweetie program to law enforcement in 5 high-risk countries in Asia and Africa and to take care of liberated victims. The extra donation comes on top of the € 2.25 million that Terre des Hommes receives annually as one of the 107 beneficiaries of the lottery.
Via Sweetie, Terre des Hommes is fighting the phenomenon of webcam sex. Children are being abused and exploited in front of the camera. Often the customers also physically travel to the children for sexual abuse. Worldwide, according to figures from the FBI, 750,000 predominantly male offenders are looking for minors for sexual abuse at any time of day.
From 2016, Terre des Hommes automated Sweetie software with which potential perpetrators can be identified and deterred. With the new #Sweetie24/7, Terre des Hommes wants to transfer its working methods to law enforcement in the Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal and Kenya, among other countries, so that more direct investigation and prosecution is possible.
'Corbino' traveled through Southeast Asia to capture the daily practice of sexual exploitation, without harming the anonymity of the victims. In thirteen images, he shows the downward spiral of poverty and hopelessness that makes children end up in prostitution. And he shows the efforts to take care of the victims, to guide them and to give them a new perspective.
The assignment for the photo reportage is part of the broad struggle of Terre des Hommes against the sexual exploitation of children. A struggle in which new results are achieved. In Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Nepal, "detectives" trained by Terre des Hommes began detecting and collecting evidence against Western sex tourists and local pedosexuals in April 2014. Until recently, offenders often went free in these countries, partly due to a lack of manpower and knowledge at the local police.
Both this approach to child sex tourism and the exhibition '13 in a dozen' have been made financially possible by the Nationale Postcode Loterij.
More and more child abusers are looking for webcam sex with children. Around 750,000 men are active in more than 40,000 'public chat rooms' at any time of the day. This phenomenon is increasing due to the growth of the internet. In the Philippines alone, according to the local police tens of thousands of children are estimated to be victims. Other countries in the Southeast Asia region also come into contact with this phenomenon due to the growing demand for online sex shows with children.
With the extra contribution from the Postcode Loterij, Terre des Hommes can develop a software system to combat webcam sex with children. The aim is to scare off potential offenders through an automated system before children are actually abused. Right now, it is very easy for men to approach children on the internet and they think they are unseen. To prevent this, potential offenders must get the idea that they can be caught red-handed. The chance of being caught must also be increased as much as possible. This requires an effective system that can operate, identify and deter on a large scale with a confronting warning.
A technological method is being developed to monitor thousands of chat rooms simultaneously. The functionality is being developed in collaboration with national and international specialists. There is also coordination with investigative authorities and the legal frameworks of different countries are taken into account, because not every country has the same rules regarding the investigation and prosecution of criminal acts.
Scientific research into the impact of the software will also be part of the project. Tilburg University will investigate whether the deterrence of pedosexuals actually has an impact in practice. Once the operation has been demonstrated, the system will be made available to investigative authorities nationally and internationally.
After a year of new construction, State Secretary Fred Teeven, mayor of Leeuwarden Ferd Crone and Director of Fier Linda Terpstra opened the Center for Child Trafficking and Human Trafficking (CKM) on Monday 27th of October. The CKM is part of Fier, and is partly thanks to the cooperation with Terre des Hommes and the National Postcode Lottery.
In the Netherlands, assistance to child trafficking and human trafficking is highly fragmented and inadequate. Children, adolescents and adults die with this traumatic experience, not getting the help they need so badly. All the knowledge and expertise are combined in the CKM to be able to take a more decisive fight against human trafficking. Victims of human trafficking - for short and longer periods - are taken care of at the CKM. They receive help to make a declaration, to request a residence permit or to make the return to the country of origin as smoothly as possible.
The CKM is concerned with lobbying, policy and strategy. As a knowledge and expertise center, the CKM plays a leading role for creating agendas, innovations and professionalization. CKM conducts research and, if necessary, initiates action.
Together with Fier Fryslân, Terre des Hommes wants to set up a Center for Child Trafficking and Human Trafficking to boost the fight against human trafficking. In this building, victims find a safe haven and receive guidance and support in their report, lawsuit and possible return to their country of origin, from a team of experts. Part of this center is a knowledge database in which all information about the legal, social and health aspects of human trafficking can be found. Terre des Hommes and Fier want to shelter young foreign victims of human trafficking (up to the age of 23) under one roof.
The team consists of people from the police and the judiciary, care coordinators from the Network Human Trafficking Friesland, social workers and practitioners from Fier, prostitution social work, VluchtelingenWerk, Victim Support, lawyers from Defense for Children and the guardianship institution NIDOS. In addition, there is an eye for the various sub-processes in a human trafficking case. In addition to the judicial process, there is also the medical process, the assistance process and the residence law process. The victim is given a one-stop shop and the Center for Child Trafficking and Human Trafficking has full insight into the situation.
If it appears that it is in the interest of the victim to return to the country of origin, Terre des Hommes and its partners ensure that this is done as safely as possible and that the welfare of the victim is central. The extensive network of Terre des Hommes guarantees safe shelter for the victim in the country of origin and where possible also for reunification with family members. Local project partners give the victim the means for a better future. Depending on the age and wishes of the person in question, this will concern a school or vocational training, financial support and psychosocial assistance. This is to prevent the victims from once again falling into the hands of traffickers.
Terre des Hommes traces foreign perpetrators of child sexual abuse in Southeast Asia. Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) is very successful in Cambodia. A team consisting of researchers, a lawyer and a social worker had dozens of child abusers arrested and sentenced.
Following the success in Cambodia, Terre des Hommes sets up eight new investigation teams and will train them in this methodology. This will take place in Bali, Lombok, Batam (Indonesia); Cebu, Boragay (Philippines); Kathmandu, Pokhara (Nepal) and Goa (India). In addition to a thriving tourist industry, there is also much poverty here. Children from the poorest families and street children have an increased risk of ending up in prostitution.
With the new investigation teams, Terre des Hommes can expect to rescue 480 children and arrest and prosecute 280 perpetrators of sexual abuse. Terre des Hommes has the knowledge, experience and contacts to close the gaps in the legal system in this region so that child abusers can no longer exploit children with sexual impunity.