The abuse of children remains rampant around the world, according to the United Nations.
Sold into prostitution, used as child soldiers or even stolen for their body parts, the UN estimates millions of children are being exploited, tortured and forced to endure inhumane conditions right now.
“Persisting and new forms of sale and sexual exploitation of children continue to be a reality in all regions of the world,” the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Maud de Boer, said during a UN meeting this week.
“There is an urgent need for all stakeholders, especially Member States, to [take] action to put an end to these endemic crimes,” de Boer continued.
Yesterday, the United Nations brought to light the danger facing albino children in Africa. Fearing for their lives, many of the kids are denied a chance of school, socialization or a normal life out of worry that they will be captured by headhunters willing to mutilate children for their body parts.
In another horrific case of endangerment, last week UNICEF announced that hundreds of children had also been seized by militants in South Sudan.
“We fear they are going from the classroom to the front line,” said UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch about the lost children. “UNICEF appeals to [militia leader] Johnson Oloni to let those children go back to school and be with their families, immediately.”
In still another case, the United Nations called on Malaysia to end human trafficking – which especially impacts young women and girls – many who are forced into prostitution and kept as sex slaves.
The “trafficking of young foreign women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation is also prevalent in the country, where they are mostly forced into the commercial sex trade following deceptive recruitment practices for legal work in Malaysia. There is also information about women and girls from South Asia entering into brokered marriages with older men in Malaysia and subsequently being forced into domestic servitude and forced prostitution,” the UN warned in a press release outlining the horrific conditions in which the child sex workers must live.
During today’s meeting, de Boer called on the world’s nations to stop allowing children to be hurt, killed and commodified and to give children a means to escape their abuse.
“Child victims must have access to child-sensitive justice and redress. Children must have easy access to child-friendly complaint and reporting mechanisms,” de Boer stressed, pointing out that the cries of the children are often ignored by the legal system.
She further called on all member states to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against children, and to eliminate harmful practices, including child marriage.”
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