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25 years of fighting the sale and sexual exploitation of children

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25 years of fighting the sale and sexual exploitation of children: addressing new challenges. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

The last 25 years have witnessed a momentous rise in the knowledge and awareness about child victims of sale and sexual exploitation. Yet, significant changes have not taken place to better protect children. Existing initiatives remain at the legislative or policy level without any effective implementation. Every year, between 500 million and 1.5 billion children around the world experience violence, abuse, and exploitation. 

This year will mark the twentieth anniversary of the first World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children held in Stockholm in 1996. This ground-breaking event was followed by 2 more congresses in Yokohama in 2001 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2008. Unfortunately, the numerous political commitments made by participating states have remained mostly unfulfilled. There is an urgent need for a common strong political will to move forward towards implementation through effective and sustained allocation of the necessary resources.

Plan International has been working with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. We have produced a number of tools, including this report and child-friendly resources to inform children and adolescents on how they can use the Special Rapporteur to report exploitation and conduct advocacy on the issue.