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Donation by Sakib Al Hasan (On 27 June at Jamuna Future Park)

MOU for Banking of Street and Working Children's
(On 25 JuneMercantile Bank Ltd)

MOU for Banking of Street and Working Children's
(On 19 June at Pubali Bank)

MOU Sigining Between Aparajeyo-Bangladesh &INCLUDED Bangladesh

19th Founding Anniversary of Aparajeyo-Bangladesh

Community Actions for Child Protection from Violence”

My Caring Family is my First Right.

Children and Youth Congress Event- 2013

Aparajeyo’s Award giving Ceremony 2013 for Journalists.


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children


Commercial sexual exploitation of children is one of the worst forms of child labour and a modern form of slavery. Sexually exploited children are often treated as criminals. As defined in the declaration of the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual exploitation of Children, held in Stockholm in 1996, commercial sexual exploitation of children is sexual abuse by an adult accompanied by remuneration in cash or in kind to the child or third person(s). the commitments made in Stockholm were reaffirmed in Yokohama, Japan, in 2001 at the Second World Congress.

The problem of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is growing to enormous proportions around the world. Conservative estimates are that of the 20 billion dollars generated by prostitution worldwide, more than 5 billion annually comes from child prostitution. In the developing world and in countries with impoverished economies with high incidences of HIV/AIDS or social upheaval such as African and Asian nations and the former Eastern European block, the problem is compounded by harsh socio-economic realities which increase children’s vulnerability to sexual exploitation.


How many children are victims in South Asia? It has been estimated that:

1. In India,figures for children coercively engaged in prostitution range from 270,000 to 400,000.

2. According to an ILO estimate, 15% of India’s estimated 2.3 million prostitutes are children .

3. In Bangladesh it is estimated that the number of child victims of prostitution in the country range from 10,000 to 29,000.

4. 27,000 Bangladeshi women and children have been forced into prostitution in Indian brothels10. Bangladeshi police estimated more than 15,000 women and children are smuggled out of Bangladesh every year11.

5. About 40,000 children from Bangladesh are involved in prostitution in Pakistan.12.


Addressing CSEC in the South Asian socio-cultural context is not actively supported by local government agencies, since the issue is taboo and the problem is often ignored. Prevailing social norms and cultural practices significantly restrict the ability of children to voice their views and provide solutions to their problems. It is especially important at this time to breakdown these barriers for there is increasing recognition of the regional trends in HIV infection amongst vulnerable populations, notably amongst street children and child victims of sexual exploitation. This is particularly true for girls, a disproportionate number of whom are represented amongst sexually exploited children. The huge gender disparities and inequalities existing in the countries of South Asia mean that problems faced by women and girls are not considered as matters of high importance. In addition, actions to combat the increasing rise in CSEC and the increased rates of HIV infection amongst street children and child victims of sexual exploitation are not being prioritised.

Qualitative research by UNESCAP shows that the need for rehabilitation and reintegration is urgent. Many exploited children have difficulty developing positive relationships due to the abuse of trust they have suffered. They also have a legacy of health problems as a result of physical and emotional trauma. They may have contracted STDs, including HIV/AIDS and some children will present very challenging behaviour including aggression, violence and indiscriminate initiation of sexual contacts. Others withdraw and have difficulty relating to the world. In order for these children to create new lives and realize their potential, they must be provided with psycho-social rehabilitation. Otherwise, they – and their children will remain on the periphery of society, unable to leave the cycle of prostitution and exploitation that entraps generation after generation.







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