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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                            

Republic of Finland

Although Finland has been one of the best performing economies within the EU in recent years and its banks and financial markets have avoided the worst of global financial crisis, the world slowdown has hit export growth and domestic demand and will serve as a brake on economic growth in 2009 and 2010. The slowdown of construction, other investment, and exports will cause unemployment to rise. During 2009, unemployment will climb to over 8% of the labor force. Long-term challenges include the need to address a rapidly aging population and decreasing productivity that threaten competitiveness, fiscal sustainability, and economic growth.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Finland

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Finland.  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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More Men Buying Sex from Minors

Helsingin Sanomat, YLE News, 02 March 2008

[accessed 15 May 2011]

Police are investigating cases where 13 to 17-year-olds sold sexual services for money - although they say that alcohol, drugs, CD's, jeans and clothes are an even more common form of payment. Around one in three underage prostitutes are boys, but as far as police know, all of the customers have been men.  The crime is difficult to track, as both buyer and seller are keen to keep the transaction secret. While prostitution is legal in Finland, buying sex from minors is not.


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Runaways - Where To Turn For Help Before You Are Homeless

Rebeccas Community -- This is for anyone aged up to 13 years old who is thinking about running away

[accessed 15 May 2011]

Here are the best phone numbers to call …They are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.  They are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time you call  In Finland, call 09 753 5121

ECPAT Global Monitoring Report on the status of action against commercial exploitation of children - FINLAND [PDF]

ECPAT International, 200x

[accessed 15 May 2011]

Finland does not record a large number of children sexually exploited through prostitution. Most cases of sexual exploitation of children are related to the possession of child pornography, mainly through downloading images from the Internet, and to child sex tourism practised by Finnish nationals in foreign destinations, especially in Russia and Estonia.

Prostitution in the country is usually formally organised through procuring organisations which are careful to ensure that the individuals they engage in sexual activities are not minors, because of the stiff penalties and the great risk of getting caught by the authorities. As a result, most individuals involved in prostitution in the country are between the ages of 18-29.

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 5 February 2011]

CHILDREN - There were reports of trafficking of children for sexual exploitation

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – Most trafficking involved women and girls from Russia, although Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian women were also trafficked for sexual exploitation.

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

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 30-09-2005

[accessed 5 February 2011]

[52] While welcoming that recent amendments to the Penal Code introduced the crime of trafficking in Finnish legislation, as well as the National Plan of Action Combating the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children of 2000 and the National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Human Beings of 2005, the Committee is concerned at the information that persons, including children, continue to be trafficked to and through the country.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – FINLAND – The Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed its deep concern about the problem of child sex tourism committed by Finns in nearby countries of the former Soviet Union, and urged that adequate measures should be taken to combat it. Finnish and Russian authorities have been working together to tackle child sex tourism.  This cooperation led to the prosecution of a Finnish man for sexually exploiting a minor in Russia, and it marks the first time that Finnish extraterritorial law has been applied for such crimes.

Contribution by President of the Republic Tarja Halonen at a conference of experts dealing with child trafficking in the Baltic Sea region "Stop Child Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery" in Helsinki on 2.6.2003

President Tarja Halonen, Helsinki, 2.6.2003

[accessed 15 May 2011]

A question often asked is how many children fall victim to trafficking here in our own Baltic Sea Region. To be frank, we do not know exactly. Researchers trying to compile data have had to face harassment, intimidation and threats. The people engaged in child trafficking are determined to persist in their illegal and immoral activities. Nor are those who exploit children any more willing to tell about their own actions.

It has not proved possible to stop child trafficking through bans and prohibitions, for which reason attempts have been made to tackle its underlying causes as well. That is not easy, either, because both opinions and economic and social structures change only very slowly and after a lot of hard and tenacious work.

The main focus has been on children. We have examined what makes a child vulnerable to the sex trade – poverty, broken families, lack of education, abuse and violence at home, and so on. Protecting children from these things is good of course, but we must not close our eyes to the fact that the real cause of the sex trade is a demand for sex with minors, not poverty. Poverty only makes it possible to find a victim. We must pay more attention to the users.

Children in Viipuri Attest to Sex Trips by Finns

Marjo Ollikainen in Viipuri/Vyborg, Helsingin Sanomat, 29.1.2000

[accessed 15 May 2011]

The “New Thailand” for Finnish men extends from Sortavala in Russian Karelia down to Viipuri and St. Petersburg. These areas are choice destinations for Finnish males in the mood for sex with a minor.  The clientele of the Viipuri child prostitutes is 98% Finnish, and they buy sex from both boys and girls.

No indication of widespread organised child prostitution in Finland

Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 12.6.2002

[accessed 15 May 2011]

POLICE CONCERNED ABOUT USE OF INTERNET CHAT LINES FOR CHILD SEX SERVICES - Police believe that some children in Finland have been providing sex services to adults in exchange for money or goods. They are especially concerned about chat lines. Boys use them to sell themselves. Mero believes that Finland does not have any real organized child prostitution activities. However, he says that some boys and girls have been known to sell themselves near Helsinki's Central Railway Station. In addition to Finns, child prostitutes in Finland have come from Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

The Situation in Finland

[accessed 15 May 2011]

DE FACTO - Prostitution has not been common in Finland and it has not been professionally organized. Previously there used to be no street or child prostitution. However, the situation has changed since the beginning of the 1990s, when prostitution became more common and more organized.

Protection Project: Finland [DOC]

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

[accessed 2009]

Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, have become large centers for child prostitution, and to a large extent the customers come from Finland. Buying sex from minors is a crime according to Finnish law, even when it takes place abroad; however, there is less risk of getting caught in those cities. According to official statistics, 45 percent of men purchasing sexual services in Estonia are Finnish tourists. Other sources have claimed that the Finns account for 60 percent of brothel visits in Estonia. Finnish men can cross the border into Russia and buy women and girls in prostitution much more cheaply than in Finland.

National Action Plan Combating Human Trafficking in Finland

Child Centre for Children at Risk in the Baltic Sea Region, 02.11.2005

[accessed 15 May 2011]

The Government in its general session on 25 August 2005 approved the national action plan against human trafficking. The action plan is the first ever proposal for comprehensive measures to combat human trafficking in Finland.

Sexual exploitation of children rises in Gambia, government and UNICEF say

UN News Centre, 6 May 2004

[accessed 15 May 2011]

Last year as many as 100,000 tourists, mainly from Britain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany, visited Gambia.

U.S. says human trafficking still a problem

Andris Straumanis, Editor, Latvians Online, June 15, 2004

[accessed 5 February 2011]

Women and children from Latvia are trafficked for sexual exploitation to Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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