Child Exploitation

Child trafficking is a form of child abuse. It is the exploitation of children for economic or sexual purposes, and includes the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of a child for exploitation. Children may be sold, illegally adopted, forced into early marriage, recruited into the armed forces, pushed into prostitution, or trafficked to work in mines, factories, or homes. In such environments they are exposed to extreme forms of abuse and are denied access to basic services and the meeting of their fundamental human rights. Trafficked children often lack basic legal status and support networks, making their condition virtually "invisible." 

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The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

In this episode of the Protected! Podcast, Hani Mansourian from the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action talks to Selim Benaissa, Chief Technical Officer from the ILO on the Myanmar program for the elimination of child labour about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the program.

World Vision,

This child-led research initiative was conducted under the umbrella of World Vision’s DEAR project (Development Education and Awareness Raising) and the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. The study explores explore SDG 16.2, the goal that focuses on the issue of ‘abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against and torture of children’.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

This technical note offers guidance and information to practitioners and policy-makers on child labour issues during and after COVID-19 and what actions can be taken.

Alternative Care Thailand,

This animated video from Alternative Care Thailand tells the story of a boy in Thailand who is sent to live in an orphanage because his mother feels she is unable to care for him at home, his experiences with volunteers once he arrives at the orphanage, and how the orphanage transitioned to supporting children to live in families.

Kathryn E. van Doore - Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond,

This article traces the evolution of the recognition of orphanage trafficking broadly, and then focusses on recommendations made by the Australian government following the release of its 2017 Hidden in Plain Sight Report.

Michael D. Pullmann, Norene Roberts, Elizabeth M. Parker, Kelly J. Mangiaracina, Leslie Briner, Morgan Silverman, Jeremy R. Becker - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The purpose of this study was to describe the demographics, state-dependent living situations, and juvenile detention usage of state-dependent commercially sexually exploited youth.

Better Care Network,

This Country Care Review includes the care-related concluding observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as other care-related concluding observations, ratification dates, and links to the Universal Periodic Review and Hague Intercountry Adoption Country Profile.

Alvhild Strømme, Ewa Sapiezynska, Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes, Keyan Salarkia and Jess Edwards - Save the Children,

This report delves into the differences between boys’ and girls’ experiences through a gendered analysis of the six grave violations of children in conflict, including recruitment of children by armed forces and child abduction. The report makes reference to the vulnerabilities faced by girl heads of household or unaccompanied and separated girls on the move and calls for interventions such as family tracing and reunification, the provision of alternative care for unaccompanied and separated children, and the release and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups.

Save the Children,

This brief - a supplement to the Stop the War on Children 2020: Gender matters report - highlights the situation of children in conflict zones in West and Central Africa with a focus on gender.

Julie Shaw, Sarah Greenhow - The British Journal of Social Work,

The following article reports upon recent research that explored the perceptions of professionals of the issues that affect the sexual and criminal exploitation of children in care, along with a discussion of the effectiveness of current responses to these issues and the challenges that professionals face.