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In the early years of the 21st Century, 2000 to 2025    

The Central African Republic

Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry, remains the backbone of the economy of the Central African Republic (CAR), with more than 70% of the population living in outlying areas. The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP.

Distribution of income is extraordinarily unequal. Grants from France and the international community can only partially meet humanitarian needs.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Crime and Society -  A comparative Criminology tour of the world - CAR

Dr. Robert Winslow, A Comparative Criminology tour of the world, San Diego State University

[accessed 12 Aug  2013]

CHILDREN - Some girls enter prostitution to earn money for the survival of the family. The presence of international peacekeeping forces in the capital has aggravated the problem of teenage prostitution. Child prostitution increased in the capital until late in the year, when MINURCA began its withdrawal from the country. The Government did not address these problems during the year.


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Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020

[accessed 23 August 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - During the year the government cabinet drafted the Child Protection Act. The draft legislation has a series of measures that address the exploitation of minors. The legislation was at the National Assembly for approval ratification at year’s end.

There are no statutory rape or child pornography laws to protect minors. The family code prescribes penalties for the commercial exploitation of children, including imprisonment and financial penalties. The minimum age of sexual consent is 18, but it was rarely observed.

Armed groups committed sexual violence against children and used girls as sex slaves (see sections 1.g. and 2.d.).

In April MINUSCA and the NGO Justice Rapid Response sponsored a three-day workshop for 26 child protection workers in Bangui. The workshop provided training to strengthen monitoring, investigating, and reporting skills necessary to address crimes against children.

2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Dept of Labor, 2019

[accessed 22 August 2020]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

[page 317]

Although the government worked with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), UNICEF, and other partner agencies to demobilize and reintegrate children into community life, there were allegations of abuse and commercial sexual exploitation lodged against UN peacekeepers. (2-4,15,22-24) As of September 2018, approximately 643,000 people were displaced within CAR. (25)

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 October 2000

[accessed 28 January 2011]

[84] The Committee is concerned that children may be at risk of being sold or made to engage in prostitution.

The Protection Project - Central African Republic [DOC]

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

[accessed 2009]

FORMS OF TRAFFICKING - Children from the Central African Republic who are trafficked to Cameroon are paid as little as 3,000 CFA francs per month and subjected to hard chores lasting up to 18 hours a day. They are undernourished and are often sexually abused.

Worst Forms of Child Labour Report 2005 - Central Africa Republic

Global March Against Child Labour, 2005

[accessed 12 September 2012]

CHILD PROSTITUTION - Child prostitution remained a problem. Some girls entered prostitution to earn money for their families.



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 7 February 2020]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – Child prostitution remained a problem, particularly in urban centers. Some girls entered prostitution to earn money for their families.

The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2005

[accessed 28 January 2011]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Children in the Central African Republic are also involved in prostitution.

CHILD LABOR LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT - Minor’s brigades have been established to punish persons responsible for forcing children into prostitution.  However, few cases have been prosecuted due to the reluctance of victims’ families to press charges.

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