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Sexual Exploitation of Child PDF Print Email

 

Things to know

  • Children can be sexually exploited irrespective of gender.
  • With the increased exposure and use of internet by children, the children are vulnerable to online sexual exploitation.
  • The issue of child sexual exploitation is also linked with trafficking.
  • A survey by India Today magazine indicate that there are between 400,000 to 500,000 child prostitutes in India.(UNICEF, 2001).
  • The effect of sexual exploitation can be very damaging. Often the children, who had been sexually exploited grapple with feelings of low self esteem, feel inadequate and mistrust others.
  • Children exposed to sexual exploitation are also vulnerable to substance abuse, physical violence, early pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV.

What can I do when I see a child who had experienced sexual exploitation?

  • The child should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Child's confidentiality should be maintained.
  • Child be medically examined and treated.
  • Registration of case under IPC and JJ act.
  • Involvement of social workers ,psychologists and child specialists when interacting with the child.

Relevant legislations

  • Juvenile Justice Act

References

  • UNICEF (2001), "Profiting from abuse" New York
 

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