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Solomon Islands

The bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of its livelihood. Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported. The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold. Prior to the arrival of Ramsi, severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse. Ramsi's efforts to restore law and order and economic stability have led to modest growth as the economy rebuilds.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in the Solomon Islands.  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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Lure of Logging Creates Another Headache

Alfred Sasako, Islands Business International IBI


[accessed 11 September 2011]

To give you some idea as to what always happened, here’s a transcribed interview with a 10-year-old boy featured in the report.   “When the [logging] ship came, I went to look. Lots of children went to look. We went out in canoes for [selling] market [goods]. They were all Asian men.   “We sold them coconuts. We did not go onboard. We were not allowed. Some girls were allowed. They were not children but they were not mature women [they were teenagers].   LOVE OF MONEY: “The Asian men gave them $10 each to come onboard. There were about 10 of them. I don’t know what they did onboard. No boys were allowed. The girls did not come for market—they did not bring anything to sell”.


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ECPAT Perceptions of Frontline Welfare Workers on the Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Pacific [PDF]

Rosalind Fennell, ECPAT International, June 2019

[accessed 7 September 2020]

In 2019, ECPAT International conducted a detailed survey that targeted Pacific region welfare workers directly managing a range of cases with children. Frontline staff in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati were identified by local experts and supported to complete an online survey. The main objective was to collect new data that helps describe a nuanced picture of how sexual exploitation of children (SEC) is occurring within Pacific communities and how it is presenting to those working on the welfare frontline.

Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020

[accessed 7 September 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The minimum age for consensual sex is 15 years. The maximum penalty for sexual relations with a girl younger than age 13 is life imprisonment, and for sexual relations with a girl age 13 to 15, the penalty is 15 years’ imprisonment. Consent is not a permissible defense under these provisions; however, in the latter case, reasonable belief the victim was age 16 or older is a permissible defense. Selling or hiring minors younger than age 15 and between 15 and 18 for prostitution is punishable as a criminal offense. There were reports of workers in logging camps sexually exploiting girls as young as age 12, but in most cases official charges were not filed.

Child pornography is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. The law criminalizes the commercial sexual exploitation of children and participation in or use, distribution, or storing of sexually exploitative materials involving children. Girls and boys were exploited in prostitution and sexual servitude. Trafficking of children carries a maximum sentence of 25 years’ imprisonment.

2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Dept of Labor, 2019

[accessed 7 September 2020]

Note:: Also check out this country’s report in the more recent edition DOL Worst Forms of Child Labor

[page 1049]

In the Solomon Islands, the commercial sexual exploitation of both boys and girls is prevalent near logging camps; near or aboard fishing vessels; and at hotels, casinos, and entertainment establishments. (2,5,6,11-13)

The Penal Code includes heightened penalties if an offense is committed against a child, but has insufficient prohibitions against child trafficking because threats, the use of force, or other forms of coercion are required to be established for the crime of child trafficking. Furthermore, the laws on child commercial sexual exploitation are insufficient as they do not include prohibiting pornographic performances. (21)

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

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

[accessed 3 September 2012]

[54] The Committee is very concerned that:  (a) Children of both sexes are exposed to prostitution due to economic difficulties;  (b) There is a lack of guidance on the role of police intervention in this field, as well as an absence of institutions dedicated to the rehabilitation of child victims;  (c) There is very little data on the number of children being exploited.

Paradise Lost. Logging and the Environmental and Social Destruction of the Solomon Islands

Andre Vltchek, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, June 9, 2008

[accessed 20 July 2011]

THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL LOGGING - Logging, mining and fishing by foreign fleets brought several glaring problems to the Solomons, the most chilling being child prostitution and child pornography. Time Magazine ran a story “Sold and abused” on March 27, 2006, claiming that “… many visitors are sexually abusing the country’s children – and parents, politicians and police seem powerless to stop them.”

 “Child prostitution was the most prominent type of exploitation, with 25 stories collected, affecting 36 children. Children ranged from age 11 through to 19, with most children being aged 13 to 15 years.

Pacific Island children risk sex abuse

Pacific Island News Association (Fiji) Pacnews, Wellington New Zealand, 15 December 2006

[accessed 14 February 2015]

Children in Pacific Island countries are at high risk of being traded for sex by family members and friends, a United Nations study has found, Stuff NZ reports.  The report from studies in five Pacific Island countries found an alarming degree of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and that "children are most at risk in their homes and communities and with people they know and trust".

The report, by the UN Children's Fund Pacific, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and End Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, is based on studies in 2004 and 2005 in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

The report in its summary said the five studies confirmed that in each country children were sexually abused by family members and neighbours, and that child prostitution, child pornography, early marriage, child sex tourism and trafficking occurred.

Child sex tourism offences in the Pacific

Adapted from: ECPAT International Newsletter, February-March, No. 51,  Fiji Times, 22/4/9

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

[accessed 19 July 2011]

SOLOMON ISLANDS - CONFERENCE ON CHILD PROTECTION & COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The existence of CSEC in the Solomon Islands is beyond dispute.  The case of a Solomon Islands boy being brought to Australia for sexual purposes was presented to the gathering. Further, Sr. Lilian, a community worker in Honiara, discussed the increasing number of street children and prostitutes in Honiara seen in the 20 years she has worked with the Sisters.  Sr Lilian told the Conference that she and the sisters have been in contact with over 100 girls under the age of 15 who are involved  in prostitution in Honiara, the youngest aged 11 years.  They have also been in contact with 30 boys under the age of 15, involved in prostitution in Honiara, with the youngest aged just 7 years.  Rural-urban drift and family pressure are thought to be key factors contributing to the vulnerability of Solomon Island children.

Report on the Pacific Regional Workshop on Combating Poverty and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth [PDF]

Inter-Agency Group (IAG) consisting of ESCAP, UNICEF-EAPRO and ECPAT International,  Nadi Fijii, 15-19 September, 2003

[accessed 10 June 2011]

[p.52] CSEC - There are few records or studies of CSEC in the Solomon Islands, while it is believed that CSEC occurs. There is anecdotal evidence that young children provide sexual services to people on overseas fishing boats in Honiara and Western Province and a 1998 study of the sexual practices of young men reported a number of such instances. In several other documented cases children have been found providing sexual services in return for food, clothes, and money. All illegal sexual activity is regulated by the Penal Code (cap. 27) of the Laws of Solomon Islands (revised edition). Existing legislation needs to be broadened to include sexual abuse of boys and other crimes against children including computer disseminated pornography material. Cases of sexual abuse seldom get reported to the police for a variety of reasons. These include the shame involved, difficulty accessing a police station and unfamiliarity with the legal system. Cases are often settled through payment of compensation. In May 2003 a delegation from the Solomon Islands presented three reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. In their concluding observations the Committee noted that children of both sexes are exposed to prostitution due to economic difficulties and that there is a lack of guidance on the role of police intervention in this field, as well as the absence of institutions dedicated to the recovery of child victims.

Delegates agree to strengthen efforts to reduce demand for CSEC

Joint Media Release: ECPAT International, UNESCAP, UNICEF - 11 November 2004, Bangkok

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

[accessed 18 September 2011]

In the Pacific Islands, ongoing research is revealing growing problems of commercial sexual exploitation. In the Solomon Islands, for example, girls are still forced into early marriages and recent violence has led to a surge in child rapes and in boys and girls being forced into prostitution for economic survival. Child marriage is also a major problem in Papua New Guinea, and is a basis of demand for internal trafficking of children.

Solomon Islands [PDF]

ECPAT International, CSEC Database

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

[accessed 20 July 2011]

CHILD PROSTITUTION - During a child protection conference held by The Solomon Islands Family Support Centre in January of 1999, many confirmed the existence of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in the country.

Violation of Children’s and Women’s Rights: The Case of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation [PDF]

Ms. Mehr Khan, UNICEF Regional Director, East Asia and Pacific Region, 12/6/2003 -- Paper Presentation

[accessed 16 April 2011]

Although smaller in scale, the commercial sexual exploitation of children also appears to be escalating in the Pacific Islands, in particular in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, which are becoming major destinations for child sex tourism, especially for Australians.




The Department of Labor’s 2005 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor [PDF]

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2006

[accessed 22 December 2010]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Commercial sexual exploitation of children is a problem in the Solomon Islands.

CHILD LABOR LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT - The procurement of girls under 18 years of age for the purposes of prostitution is prohibited under the Penal Code (“Offences Against Morality”). The Penal Code provides sanctions for the abduction of children.

Human Rights Reports » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

[accessed 11 February 2020]

WOMEN - Prostitution is illegal, but the statutes were not enforced. There is no law specifically against sex tourism, although such offenses could be prosecuted under laws against prostitution. There were some press reports of sex tourism during the year, but no specific cases were reported to the police.

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