Sompop Jantraka grew up in poverty and started working at the age of six. Today, he has given thousands of poor children from throughout the Mekong Region protection and education.
Now, Sompop fights against trafficking and exploitation of children in the sex industry and other harmful forced labour in the Golden Triangle. He and his organisation DEPDC/GMS (Development Education Programme for Daughters and Communities/Greater Mekong Sub-Region) has given thousands of poor children from throughout the Mekong Region – Thailand, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and China – protection and education.
Many of the children supported by Sompop belong to indigenous ethnic groups who are treated very badly in their home countries and live in dire poverty. Their parents or grandparents are mostly migrant workers. Very often these children are not registered at birth, so they don’t have citizenship and often cannot attend school as a result.
In 2013, Sompop received the World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award for his 30+ years of struggle against trafficking and exploitation of children