Child Protection

Children and Sexual Exploitation

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Forced Into Sexual Slavery

When Mao was just 15, she sold her virginity for the price of $200. What would force a young woman to do this? Mao grew up in dilapidated homes, her family constantly threatened by debtors. She was even forced to drop out of school in grade two, because her parents couldn’t afford it. It was poverty that forced Mao into sexual slavery. No child should ever have to make a decision like the one Mao made.

One of the best ways that you can help protect children just like Mao, is through child sponsorship. When you sponsor a child, you're taking action against people who take advantage of vulnerable children, by giving communities and families the resources they need to keep their children safe and healthy.

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Poverty, lack of family, abuse at home, tourism�all 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.

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