According to a Save the Children report, 1.8 million children are sexually exploited

Action Aid is issuing a large advertising campaign under the slogans “Will she go to the school or she will be sold to a brothel?A third of the victims of trafficking are minors, more than 65% are girls, many of which are sexually exploited. Give them CHILDHOOD back”.

According to the report by Save the Children entitled Breaking the chains of slavery, there are 218 million of child laborers worldwide aged between 5 and 17 years. More than half, about 126 million children, working in hazardous conditions and about 8,5 million in conditions of slavery.

This report reveals the most common forms of child slavery. Each year 1.2 million children are victims of child trafficking. A business that moves 23,500 million euros per year. Currently 1.8 million children around the world are being sexually exploited. They are bound by adults into prostitution or used in the pornography industry and sex tourism.

Forced child labor by borrowing is a type of exploitation that occurs when a child is indebted to his employer and is obliged to work until he pays the debt. Most of them live in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. An estimated one million children work in mines and quarries in more than 50 countries in Asia and Latin America. Those are the most dangerous jobs for a child, employing 200,000 of them in West Africa.

Farm work is a daily reality for 132 million children under age 15 worldwide. Nearly 70% are employed on farms and plantations, some of them in slavery. Children have been used in the wars in Angola, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Today, 300,000 children under 15 are related to the armed forces. Some of them are only 7 years old. More than 40 million children worldwide work as domestic employees, 10 million remain hidden. Those children, mostly girls, suffer extreme punishment.

 

clementeferrer@clementeferrer.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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