Poverty, lack of family, abuse at home, tourismï¿½all of these things contribute to the sexual exploitation of children. Millions of children living in poverty are forced to work in jobs that put them at risk for exploitation, they may also be tricked or forced to work in the sex trade. Some of the offenders who take advantage of vulnerable children include: travel agencies, family members and friends, recruiters, traffickers, pimps and brothel owners. Another large contributing factor to the sexual exploitation of children is sex tourism, which is highly profitable, generating around $32 billion each year. Child sex tourism happens more often in places where government systems to protect children are weak, and where travellers can use their wealth to exploit. This includes South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and areas of Africa where tourism has grown.