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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                          

Republic of Georgia

Georgia's economy sustained GDP growth of close to 10% in 2006 and 12% in 2007, based on strong inflows of foreign investment and robust government spending. However, growth slowed to less than 3% in 2008 and is expected to slow further in 2009. Georgia's main economic activities include the cultivation of agricultural products such as grapes, citrus fruits, and hazelnuts; mining of manganese and copper; and output of a small industrial sector producing alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, metals, machinery, aircraft and chemicals.  [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 Georgia.  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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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 – GEORGIA – CSEC has traditionally been surrounded by many taboos that have impeded a constructive approach to the problem. In line with national traditions, orthodox ethics and Georgian customs, there has traditionally been a belief that nobody could consider a child the object of commercial sexual exploitation. Accordingly, the concept of “commercial sexual exploitation of children” cannot be currently identified in Georgian legislation.


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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 6 February 2011]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Incidents of the commercial sexual exploitation of children, particularly for prostitution and pornography, are reported, especially among girls. In 2003, the statistical bureau of the Supreme Court reported 24 registered cases of the use of children in the drug trade and trafficking. Trafficking of children occurs, and thousands of children living in the streets and in orphanages are vulnerable to trafficking. Some families experiencing economic hardship have separated, which has increased the number of children living on the street.

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 6 February 2011]

CHILDREN - Incidents of sexual exploitation of children, especially among girls, were reported. Child prostitution and pornography are punishable by up to three years' imprisonment. The MOIA sponsored a center for the rehabilitation of minors, which regularly provided medical and psychological assistance to child and adolescent victims of prostitution before returning them to guardians.

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

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 3 October 2003

[accessed 6 February 2011]

[62] The Committee notes that the human rights treaty bodies which considered the reports of Georgia have consistently expressed concern at the practice of trafficking in persons, in particular women, and at the lack of protection of women, including young children, from, inter alia, sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, 2002

[accessed 19 September 2011]

[20] The Committee is concerned about the high number of children living and/or working in the streets who are often victims of various forms of exploitation, including prostitution and pornography.

Report by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

UN Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights, Fifty-ninth session, 6 January 2003$FILE/G0310090.doc

[accessed 16 May 2011]

[43] Under the Criminal Code, any individual who buys, sells, or makes any other kind of illegal deal involving children is subject to criminal liability.  Prostitution as such does not constitute a crime, except for those who “inveigle a minor into prostitution or other sexual lechery”.  Any kind of pornography is illegal in Georgia, but the Government reported that recently some Georgian pornographic sites have appeared on the Internet, and concerns were expressed that Georgian children have been involved. Children involved in any of these offences are treated as victims.

Legislation of Interpol Member States on Sexual Offences Against Children - Georgia

International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL, Tbilisi

[accessed 16 May 2011]

IV. CHILD PROSTITUTION - ARTICLE 171 - Involving the minors in prostitution or other sexual depravity or beggaring or other antisocial actions is punished by the work useful for society for the term from 170up to 240 hours or improving work for the term up to 2 years or lock up into prison for the term up to 3 months or imprisonment for the term up to 3 years.

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