CyberDodo fights against the sexual exploitation of children (2-27)
It is one of the most serious forms of aggression that can be perpetrated against a child, it's a crime.
It is generally described as the use of a minor to satisfy the sexual needs of an adult, although unfortunately children are violated by other children, often older than their victims.
Prostitution features amongst all the forms of sexual exploitation, and is the topic of this file.
What is child prostitution?
It affects all humans aged less than 18 years old who are active in the sex trade, whether this practice is forced or chosen.
It is difficult to get precise figures; UNICEF estimates that more than 3 million children are affected by prostitution on all the continents and they represent, for example, more than a third of sex workers in Asia.
This phenomenon also affects rich countries, as an official report (CEOS) confirmed in 2001 that in the United States almost 300,000 children ran the risk of sexual exploitation classified as commercial .
What are the causes of child prostitution?
Although there are situations in which children (a Reminder, according to the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of the Child, all human beings aged less than 18 years are children) voluntarily prostitute themselves to satisfy their consumer needs (Outings, clothing, a car, etc.), for example, in Japan where this practice is called Enjo kosai , this motivation continues to be marginal.
The main cause of child prostitution is a common factor among the majority of scourges that affect children: poverty!
Many tragedies began when parents with no resources, who were poorly informed and not very educated, were unable to raise their children under acceptable conditions, so they voluntarily entrusted them to shady characters, who assured them that their children would be given the best opportunity of getting out of big cities, and even go overseas.
Cut off from their families, their friends and their identities, these children become easy prey for crime syndicates which exploited them by forcing them to become prostitutes.
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