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Small Children, Big Victims

| February 8, 2017 at 01:10 pm

 Rafael Nuñez - Domestic Abuse

Did you know that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are in great risk of being victims of domestic abuse each year in the US only? Not to mention the rest of the world.

Domestic violence does not strictly mean physical abuse, children can be enormously affected by only witnessing a fight between their parents; hearing and observing any sorts of violence creates a negative effect on their childhood. (more…)

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 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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Grandmother charged with child abuse in St. Augustine

| February 25, 2014 at 07:19 am

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A grandmother is facing a charge of child abuse after the St. Augustine Police Department said a grandchild left in her care had purple bruising up and down her back.

Authorities said the child was at Webster Elementary School and was acting withdrawn and quiet. When staff asked the child was wrong, the child said her back hurt. Police report that while the child was in the nurses clinic, a staff member saw 4-inch by 2-inch bruising on the child’s back.

Authorities said the child told the staff member at the school that her grandmother, Debra O’Sickey, had hit her with a belt that morning. (more…)

Grandfather, girlfriend, charged in Lincoln County child abuse case

| January 2, 2013 at 07:18 am

LINCOLN COUNTY • A grandfather and his live-in girlfriend have been charged after police say they failed to prevent or report serious injuries to his 3-month-old grandson.

The child’s mother, 16, has already been charged as a juvenile, police said.

Charged with accessory to abuse of a child are: Jason John Jordan, 38, and Theresa Lynn Samons, 36.

The baby’s mother is Jordan’s daughter. She and the baby boy lived with the couple in the first block of Wayne Drive in an unincorporated area of the county near Moscow Mills. (more…)

Effort To Strengthen Child Abuse Laws

| December 28, 2012 at 07:48 am

WFMY News 2 — The life of a 3-year old little girl has changed in the last year.

In May, Kilah Davenport was almost beaten to death. Police say her step-father attacked her, broke her collar bone and fractured her little skull, damaging 90 percent of her brain.

The punishment, for this life changing beating? The max is 7 and a half years in prison. (more…)