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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                      

State of Brunei Darussalam

Brunei has a small well-to-do economy that encompasses a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition.

The government provides for all medical services and free education through the university level and subsidizes rice and housing.

Plans for the future include upgrading the labor force, reducing unemployment, strengthening the banking and tourist sectors, increasing agricultural production, and, in general, further widening the economic base beyond oil and gas.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


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The Protection Project - Brunei Darussalam [DOC]

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

[accessed 2009]

FORMS OF TRAFFICKING - Young people from Brunei Darussalam and several other countries in southeastern Asia are reportedly trafficked to Australia using student visas; in reality, however, they rarely attend any classes but instead are forced by their traffickers to sell drugs or to engage in prostitution.


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Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 24 January 2011]

CHILDREN - With a few exceptions, involving small villages in extremely remote areas, nutritional standards were high and poverty was almost unknown.

Between 20 and 30 young female rape and sexual abuse victims, between 9 and 15 years of age, were housed at the government‑sponsored Taman Noor Hidayah women's shelter. The penalty for the rape of a minor is 8 to 30 years' imprisonment and caning with not fewer than 12 strokes.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – A statute outlaws sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls. In addition, a variety of other laws, primarily those related to prostitution and the protection of minors, could be applied against sex traffickers.

Brunei Human Rights Practices, 1994

U.S. Department Of State, February 1995

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 13 September 2011]

CHILDREN - There are no published statistics regarding the welfare of children.  The strong commitment to family values within society, the high standard of living, and government funding for children's welfare provides most children a healthy and nurturing environment.  With a few exceptions involving small villages in extremely remote areas, nutritional standards are high and poverty is almost unknown.  Instances of child abuse appear low, and child prostitution seems to be nonexistent.

Statement at the UN Special Session (UNGASS) On Children

Statement by The Honorable Pehin Dato Haji Hussain, Brunei Darussalam Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, United Nations, New York, 9th May 2002

[accessed 10 April 2011]

Brunei is indeed fortunate not to be concerned with issues like child labor, street children, children in armed conflict and trafficking of children among others. Nonetheless, relevant agencies are available to address such issues.

Brunei Darussalam: Government Keen on Child Labor free Hari Raya

Asia Child Rights ACR Weekly Newsletter Vol.1, No.4

[accessed 10 April 2011]

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The Hari Raya festival, which falls on December 6th this year, marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.  However, these days also witness a steep increase in the numbers of “festive” child beggars on the streets of Brunei.  Acknowledging this problem, a warning has been issued to parents and guardians to avoid exploiting their children for begging or other illegal activities or face stern punishment.

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Street Children in  [Brunei Darussalam]  [other countries]
Child Prostitution in  [Brunei Darussalam]  [other countries]