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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                              

Republic of Greece

Greece has a capitalist economy with the public sector accounting for about 40% of GDP and with per capita GDP about two-thirds that of the leading euro-zone economies. Tourism provides 15% of GDP. Immigrants make up nearly one-fifth of the work force, mainly in agricultural and unskilled jobs.

Public debt, inflation, and unemployment are above the euro-zone average, but are falling.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs - Paragraph [99]  (Albania)

Vera Lesko, Entela Avdulaj, and Mirela Koci, and Dashuri Minxolli, Annual Report 2003 on the Trafficking in Humans, 'The Hearth' Psycho-Social Center, Vlora, December 2003

[accessed 18 May 2011]

[99] Italy is the destination point for the majority of trafficked Albanian children / women. However, large numbers of Albanian children may work as child prostitutes in Greece.

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 2011]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – Women and children arrived as "tourists" or illegal immigrants and were lured into prostitution by club owners who threatened them with deportation. There were reports that traffickers kidnapped victims, including minors, from their homes abroad and smuggled them into the country, where they were sold to local procurers. Traffickers less frequently confined victims to apartments, hotels, and clubs against their will, failed to register them with authorities, and forced them to surrender their passports. Some rescued victims reported being given small stipends, mobile phones, and limited freedoms but nevertheless were coerced, threatened, and abused by their traffickers.

Concluding Observations Of The Committee On The Rights Of The Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1 February 2002

[accessed 7 February 2011]

[76] Welcoming the State party’s recent bill in this regard, the Committee remains concerned:

(a) at reports of the sexual exploitation of children;  (b) at reports of children being trafficked into, and sometimes through, the State party for, inter alia, sexual exploitation;  (c) at the absence of available official statistics on the sexual exploitation and/or trafficking of children;  (d) at the lack of protection under the law of boy prostitutes.

Legislation of Interpol member states on sexual offences against children [PDF]

The International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL, 2006

[accessed 18 May 2011]

IV. CHILD PROSTITUTION - Child prostitution is completely prohibited in Greece. This results from the provision of Article 6 of the Law 1193/81, according to which "any woman intending to prostitute herself for money, must have reached twenty-one (21) years of age and submit relevant application to the competent police authority”.

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 – GREECEGreece is also often quoted as a destination and transit country in terms of trafficking for sexual purposes. Very little information is available on the extent of the problem; however, international organisations and NGOs are currently trying to carry out research. The IOM is repatriating victims of trafficking for sexual purposes, most of whom are from the Ukraine and Moldova.

Report by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

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

[accessed 18 May 2011]

 [44] The provisions of the OP/SOC, which has been signed but not yet ratified, are included in recent Law No. 3064/2002.Perpetrators of the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography will be criminalized, not the child victim; the Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over such children and will deal with them through educative measures.  Such children are entitled to medical, legal and psychological assistance, asylum and temporary housing facilities.

UN Special Rapporteur Ends Visit to Albania

United Nations UN Press Release, 8 November 2005

[accessed 18 May 2011]

This is the first remark I want to make. Child trafficking is not a problem of Albania only. It is a global problem. Countries of destination have their responsibilities as well. It is time they assume them. Albanian victims of trafficking are exploited in Greece, Italy, and other European states. These countries have legal obligations and duties vis-à-vis these victims and victims have rights that too often are not respected.

Special Rapporteur Visits Greece

Jean-Miguel Petit, Special Rapporteur, Press Release 11/17/2005

[accessed 18 May 2011]

The situation of Roma and Roma children is a concern. I visited a Roma settlement in which housing conditions and sanitation are just not acceptable. Access to health and education is limited or lacking and social programs are not providing assistance to the community. The State should take specific measures to improve the living conditions and the possibilities of development of Roma communities to give to Roma children alternatives other than street work or prostitution as survival strategies for them and their families.

UN Expert Fighting Sex Trafficking Calls For Coordinated Child Protection In Greece

United Nations UN Press Release, 16 November 2005

[accessed 18 May 2011]

Even though the number of registered cases of child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Greece is small and measures have been taken to counteract these crimes, a United Nations human rights expert said today that the country still needs a comprehensive approach to child protection due to new regional conditions.

UNICEF Calls for Eradication of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF, Geneva / New York, 12 December 2001

[accessed 18 May 2011]

UNICEF is addressing the underlying causes of child sexual abuse by working to improve access to and quality of education, raising awareness, and advocating for children's rights. UNICEF supports programs that help communities become the first line of protection for children, and is also advocating strengthened legislation and legal enforcement to stop the commercial sex trade of children. In Albania, UNICEF works with a local non-governmental organization that runs reintegration classes for street children, 80 per cent of whom have been exploited in Greece or Italy.

Campaign against sex slavery

Kathimerini, English Edition, June 27, 2002

[accessed 7 February 2011]

In 1990, the number of victims of sexual exploitation came to 2,100. In 1993, the figure had risen to 8,500 and then rocketed to a record 21,700 in 1997. There has been a slight decline since, with the number of people forced into prostitution coming to 19,500 in 2000, among whom were about 1,000 children aged 13, 14 and 15. Lazos attributed this slight drop to more intensive policing and economic problems that have led to a shortage of cash among customers.

Model UN - Child Prostitution

Work Session: 3/24/04; Debate: 4/14/04

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

[accessed 18 May 2011]

Although the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child states, “The child shall be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty, and exploitation… he shall not be the subject of traffic, in any form,” millions of children around the world are exploited by the sex trade in the form of child prostitution. An estimated one million children, mostly girls, enter the commercial sex trade each year, and all of these children are at increased risk of violence, drug abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Though many work in their native countries, thousands are trafficked into other countries as well, such as in Greece, where over 40% of the child prostitutes are from neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Albania.

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Torture in  [Greece]  [other countries]
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