Thailand’s Sompop Jantraka, was among those honoured by Sweden-based World’s Children’s Prize Foundation for their contribution to protection of children against exploitation, based on a decision made by 2.2 million voting children from around the world.
The World’s Chindren’s Prize Foundation announced that James Kofi Annan, a former child slave from Ghana, was selected as Child Rights Hero and recipient of 2013 World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. James Kofi Annan was commended for his 10-year struggle to liberate children who are fishing slaves in Ghana and help them towards a better life.
Runners-up, Sompop and Kimmie Weeks of Liberia, were granted honorary awards for their outstanding achievements for children.
For almost 25 years, Sompop Jantraka, 56, has worked to rescue children from prostitution/exploitative labour/child trafficking in northern Thailand and the Golden Triangle, which straddles Thailand, Burma and Laos, as well as in southern China.
The Award Ceremony takes place at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden, on 17 October. Children from 15 countries and H.M. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will honour the three Prize Laureates.