Against Child Exploitation (ACE) Project
ACE seeks to strengthen governments and communities in Asia to address the worst forms of child labor, including the online sexual exploitation of children, and promote acceptable conditions of work through a unified and participatory approach, beginning with action in the Philippines.
The worst forms of child labor are abusive and exploitative practices that affect children around the world. The inadequate enforcement of labor laws and policies and the lack of assistance and services for victims of child labor and forced labor create vulnerabilities leading to exploitation. Child laborers and victims of forced labor also typically work in situations that fall outside the internationally recognized conditions of work. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor (2018) report on the Philippines, children are engaged in the worst forms of child labor, including commercial sexual exploitation, and the performance of dangerous work in agriculture and gold mining.
The ACE project works to strengthen the capacity of governments to effectively counter the worst forms of child labor, including the online sexual exploitation of children, and promotes acceptable conditions of work. ACE is active in the Philippines and will expand to another country in the region.
The project is engaged in:
- improving the enforcement of the legal framework, including working with local governments to bring local laws in line with national policy;
- expanding services to victims; and
- strengthening partnerships to accelerate progress in addressing the worst forms of child labor, including the online sexual exploitation of children.