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The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

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

Great Socialist People's

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya)

The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which contribute about 95% of export earnings, about one-quarter of GDP, and 60% of public sector wages.

Substantial revenues from the energy sector coupled with a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa, but little of this income flows down to the lower orders of society.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Libya

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Libya.  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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ECPAT Regional Overview – Sexual Exploitation of Children Middle East and North Africa [PDF]

Zina Khoury and Sirsa Qursha, ECPAT International, 2020

[accessed 2 September 2020]

This Regional Overview on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), consolidates the relevant existing data to map the context, risk factors, region-specific issues, responses and gaps in the fight against the issue. In addition to providing external audiences with a summary and analysis of the SEC, this report will also serve as an advocacy tool that highlights good practices by governments and other actors, and identifies opportunities for improvements. Keywords: child marriage, war and conflict, LQBTQI, SOGIE, gender norms, taboo.

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

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 June 2003

[accessed 18 February 2011]

[43] The Committee is concerned about reports of trafficking of children to the State party for the purposes of prostitution and slavery.  The Committee is concerned that there is a lack of information and awareness of the trafficking and prostitution of children.

ECPAT:  CSEC Overview - Country Report

ECPAT International

[Last access date unavailable]

There is no research or data concerning the state of commercial sexual exploitation of children in Libya. Public and government belief is that sexual exploitation of children does not occur in Libya and is therefore not a problem.

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: An Overview [PDF]

Maj-Lis Voss, ECPAT-USA, 1999

[accessed 14 June 2011]

[accessed 12 November 2016]

THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM - In Africa, many countries are faced with a rising child prostitution problem and the linkage with tourism is evident. Algeria has been reported as a place of transit for traffickers, and Senegal, Kenya, Sudan and Libya are on the list of countries where child prostitution is increasing.

The Trafficking Of Children For Sexual Purposes [PDF]

LOOKING BACK THINKING FORWARD - The fourth report on the implementation of the Agenda for Action adopted at the World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children held in Stockholm, Sweden, August 1996 -- ECPAT International, November 2000

[accessed 14 June 2011]

[page 18]

THE TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL PURPOSES - There have also been reports on the trafficking of children for sexual purposes from Guinea, Mali, Benin and Senegal. The trafficking of children from Guinea and Mali into neighbouring countries for either sexual purposes or cheap labour has reportedly become an increasing problem. In June 1999, a group of 174 children from Benin were caught being trafficked to Libya for prostitution. In Senegal, girls from the Southern Cassamance region, where a guerrilla war is going on, go to work as domestics in neighbouring Gambia where they are very vulnerable to CSEC. There is also a huge incountry trafficking from rural to urban cities in the region. These children are trafficked to serve as domestics but end up trapped in the circle of prostitution. Some are trafficked mainly for prostitution in the urban areas.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

THE FIFTH REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGENDA FOR ACTION ADOPTED AT THE WORLD CONGRESS AGAINST COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN HELD IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, AUGUST 1996. - In some North African countries the Stockholm Agenda for Action has not led to significant changes in approaching commercial sexual exploitation of children.  In Libya the Stockholm Agenda for Action has not improved the situation, as it seems that Libya has not implemented any projects or strategies against CSEC.

Commercial sexual exploitation of children - Middle East/North Africa region

based on the situation analysis written by Dr Najat M’jid for the Arab-African Forum against Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Rabat, Morocco, 24-26 October 2001 -- Source document (in French): Rapport sur la situation de l’exploitation sexuelle des enfants dans la région MENA, 10 septembre 2001

[accessed 14 June 2011]

These countries also have in common, however, a number of constraints that have hindered preparation of national plans of action. In all the countries of the region, there is cultural resistance to addressing the problem because the subject is largely taboo.  Often the issue is dealt with more generally under headings such as ‘violence’ and ‘trauma’.  This means that there has been no regional consensus on defining CSEC in law; in some countries, for example, it is looked upon as an indecent act, in others as rape, although in all 20 countries there is some section of the penal code that can be invoked against sexual abuse and exploitation.

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