We commercial sexual exploitation of children in Asia has received a lot of attention as a result of the gravity of the problem. NGOs and governments in the region have made concerted efforts to tackle the problem, particularly cross-border trafficking in the Mekong region and child sex tourism, which affects many countries of the region. The exploitation of children through new technologies and in the online environment, however, has been largely unaddressed despite the rapid adoption of new technologies.
ECPAT work in the region focuses on assisting government bodies and collaborating NGOs to develop, implement and monitor of national plans of action to address CSEC. ECPAT also supports emerging coalitions of NGOs tackling CSEC in countries such as Indonesia, Mongolia and South Korea. Pacific island countries have also increased their involvement in research and capacity-building forums that develop skills and competencies for combating CSEC.