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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century

The Maldives

In late December 2004, a major tsunami left more than 100 dead, 12,000 displaced, and property damage exceeding $300 million. As a result of the tsunami, the GDP contracted by about 4.6% in 2005.

Government spending on social needs, subsidies, and civil servant salaries have created a large budget deficit and inflation has picked up sharply, reaching nearly 13% in October 2008 due to high oil and food prices. Diversifying beyond tourism and fishing, reforming public finance, and increasing employment are the major challenges facing the government. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


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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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The Protection Project - The Maldives [DOC]

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

[accessed 2009]

FORMS OF TRAFFICKING AND FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE TRAFFICKING INFRASTRUCTURE Although tourism is a major source of income in Maldives, the government claims that it does not face a problem with child sex tourism. It attributes this absence of child sex tourism to the geographical characteristics of the country and the strict rules for tourists. For example, tourists are prohibited from staying on local inhabited islands without permission; as a result, tourists have little contact with local people. Furthermore, the local culture and religion strictly forbid prostitution, and discussing topics of a sexual nature is taboo. The Maldives government also claims that commercial sexual exploitation of children is not a problem.

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Torture in [Maldives] [other countries]
Human Trafficking in [Maldives] [other countries]
Street Children in [Maldives] [other countries]
Child Prostitution in [Maldives] [other countries]