Defining the sexual exploitation of children
comprises sexual abuse by the adult and remuneration in cash or in kind to the
child or to a third person or persons. The child is treated as a sexual
object and as a commercial object. The commercial sexual exploitation of
children constitutes a form of coercion and violence against children, and
amounts to forced labor and a contemporary form of slavery.
There are 3 main ways children are sexually exploited
They are forced into prostitution
They are exploited through pornography
They are trafficked for sexual purposes
Other forms of sexual exploitation of children include sex tourism and early
marriages (the marriage of children under the age of 18)
The commercial sexual
exploitation of children is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar industry,
drawing in over 1 million children each year worldwide
Most of the children exploited in the sex trade are between the ages of 13 and
18, although there is also evidence of children younger than 5 being sexually
"Sex tourism" has been documented in Southeast Asia, North America and Eastern
A large portion of child prostitutes catch sexually transmitted diseases
(including HIV/AIDS), are forced to have abortions, and suffer serious
Many circumstances, such as poverty, lack of education, and parental pressure,
force children into the sex industry
of Child Poverty
Children who live
in poverty have no access to basic education so they can't define their future.
Child poverty takes out so many children lives.
We must prevent something to stop this!