Torture in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]
Human Trafficking in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]
Street Children in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]
Child Prostitution in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]

Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

By the end of 2005, refugees had returned or had settled in Indonesia. The country continues to face great challenges in rebuilding its infrastructure, strengthening the civil administration, and generating jobs for young people entering the work force.

The underlying economic policy challenge the country faces remains how best to use oil-and-gas wealth to lift the non-oil economy onto a higher growth path and to reduce poverty. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in East Timor. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated, misleading or even false. No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspects of child prostitution are of particular interest to you. You might be interested in exploring how children got started, how they survive, and how some succeed in leaving. Perhaps your paper could focus on runaways and the abuse that led to their leaving. Other factors of interest might be poverty, rejection, drug dependence, coercion, violence, addiction, hunger, neglect, etc. On the other hand, you might choose to write about the manipulative and dangerous adults who control this activity. There is a lot to the subject of Child Prostitution. Scan other countries as well as this one. Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions. Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


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Surge In Child Sex Tours

Camden Smith, Northern Territory News (Australia), January 9, 2004

[accessed 9 May 2011]

The Bali bombing and East Timor crisis of 1999 have led to a surge in the number of pedophiles going there on sex tours, a child protection organization says.  Offenders are looking for vulnerability, destabilization and a crisis situation.  They look for access and opportunity in places where they won't get caught.

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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 2 February 2011]

CHILDREN - Domestic violence, including violence against children and child sexual assault, was a significant problem. Some commercial sexual exploitation of minors occurred.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS The law prohibits trafficking in women and children, whether for prostitution or for forced labor; however, there have been several reports of women and girls trafficked into the country for prostitution in recent years.

Vulnerable East Timor Must Take Its First Steps Alone

Report - AlertNet, 07 Mar 2003

[accessed 9 May 2011]

Urgent measures are needed in HIV/AIDS prevention. Extreme poverty, the large number of street children and prostitution could lead to an unprecedented explosion of the epidemic. The lack of educational materials and a shortage of qualified teachers, the absence of a defined curriculum and the difficulties associated with re-introducing the Portuguese language are challenges that will take years to overcome.

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Torture in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]
Human Trafficking in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]
Street Children in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]
Child Prostitution in [Timor-Leste] [other countries]