Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

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1.     Although child prostitution is a global problem that has existed for thousands of years despite attempts to eliminate the practice, fighting it is neither a waste of time nor a waste of resources.

2.     Campaigns to eliminate child prostitution should not get sidetracked by fighting child pornography as well.

3.     Decriminalization of prostitution would result in a decrease in the trafficking of children for purposes of sexual exploitation.

4.     Children who work as prostitutes have not voluntarily chosen such a life for themselves.  Prostitution and related activities fuel the growth of trafficking by providing a façade behind which criminals can exploit the vulnerable.

5.     Rounding up child prostitutes and detaining them in work-training camps until adulthood would result in their eventual rehabilitation and reintegration within society.