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Sexual Exploitation and the World at Large

| October 14, 2016 at 08:36 am

Child sexual abuse around the world

Not a second goes by without a child being raped, tortured or abused somewhere in the world.  It is estimated, for example, that:

  • In Asia, more than a million children are sexually exploited;
  • India is the Asian country that is the most affected, with at least 400,000 children being subjected to such treatment;
  • In the United States of America, more than 300,000 children are affected by some form of abusive sexual treatment.
  • In South Africa, close to 30,000 children engage in prostitution.

It suffices to say that it is difficult to obtain precise figures on issues like these. Factors Contributing to the Sexual Exploitation of Children Numerous factors contribute the sexual exploitation of minors.  These include:   – Poverty : poor children are more vulnerable than others because they believe that what the exploiters offer is a chance to make a decent living. They quickly lose hope and find they are the perpetual victims of sexual relationships based solely on violence and force. – Sex-trafficking networks:  the development of communication technology (cell phones, the Internet, etc.) permits the rapid spread of information throughout the world.  Consequently, international and cross-border networks of child-traffickers have developed, thereby facilitating the exploitation of children all over the globe.  – Humanitarian crises : caused by armed conflicts or natural catastrophes, such crises aggravate the precarious situation in which children find themselves. Helpless children, sometimes orphans, who struggle day in and day out to survive, are often easy prey for individuals who wish to sexually exploit them. – Worldwide development of the sex industry :such development leads to an increase in the size, shape and scope of sexual exploitation.

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Child trafficking: Use of children

| October 13, 2016 at 09:09 am

Child Trafficking: Use of Children Children are sold for the purposes of sexual exploitation, begging, soliciting, or for forced marriages. They risk themselves in construction work, working in factories, or are employed as domestic servants. Children are given for a substantial sum of money to parents waiting to adopt. The sale of child organs is more and more frequent. To escape their living conditions, some children are ready to sell one of their kidneys for money. The sale of organs represents between 5% and 10% of kidney transplants performed in the world each year.

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Causes of child trafficking

| October 12, 2016 at 08:51 am

Causes of child trafficking   There are many explanations for child trafficking:

Poverty

Poverty is one of the main causes of child trafficking. Poor families sometimes have no choice but to abandon their children, leaving them in the hands of traffickers. Poverty also causes a large increase in the number of street children and orphans. Vulnerable and fending for themselves, they become the ideal victims for traffickers who don’t hesitate in their promise of better living and working conditions in another country. Unfortunately, the reality is entirely different.

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Trafficking in children

| October 11, 2016 at 09:00 am

ILO - Trafficking in children

Child trafficking is about taking children out of their protective environment and preying on their vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. Although no precise figures exist, the ILO (in 2005) estimated that 980,000 to 1,225,000 children – both boys and girls – are in a forced labour situation as a result of trafficking.

ILO Convention No. 182 (1999) on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) classifies trafficking among “forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery” and thereby a WFCL to be eliminated as a matter of urgency, irrespective of the country’s level of development.

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What is child trafficking?

| October 10, 2016 at 08:40 am

Child trafficking

Child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

Children are trafficked for:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • benefit fraud
  • forced marriage
  • domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
  • forced labour in factories or agriculture
  • criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs, bag theft.

Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.
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What is harmful sexual behaviour?

| October 7, 2016 at 07:05 am

Harmful sexual behaviour

Harmful sexual behaviour includes:

  • using sexually explicit words and phrases
  • inappropriate touching
  • using sexual violence or threats
  • full penetrative sex with other children or adults.

Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.

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What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

| October 6, 2016 at 06:48 am

Female Genital Mutilation - How to make it stop

 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It’s also known as female circumcision, cutting or sunna.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It’s dangerous and a criminal offence.

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What is grooming?

| October 5, 2016 at 06:29 am

Grooming, know more about it

Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abusesexual exploitation or trafficking.

Children and young people can be groomed online or face-to-face, by a stranger or by someone they know – for example a family member, friend or professional.

Groomers may be male or female. They could be any age.

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What is child sexual exploitation?

| October 4, 2016 at 05:57 am

Child abuse - Sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. Children in exploitative situations and relationships receive something such as gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

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What is sexual abuse?

| October 3, 2016 at 05:38 am

Know child abuse - make it stop

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities.

This doesn’t have to be physical contact and it can happen online, sometimes the child won’t understand that what’s happening to them is abuse.

They may not even understand that it’s wrong.

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