In an increasingly interconnected world, children are more at risk than ever of being sexually exploited or sold, a United Nations independent expert warned today, calling for decisive steps at the global level to stop crimes such as child prostitution and trafficking.
‘Millions of girls and boys worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation, even though this issue in recent years has gained increased visibility,’ said Najat Maalla M’jid, the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, as she presented her final report to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council, which opened last week and is to wrap on 28 March.
Social tolerance and impunity, persistent demand and the lucrative aspect of this trade for global criminal networks are only some of the factors that make children increasingly vulnerable, she said, adding that ‘the ongoing development of new technologies has made access to children in all parts of the world easier and increas...
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