Background

Sri Lanka is an island nation located off the southern coast of India in South Asia. It is a home to about 20 million people and has diverse ethnic groups, religions and languages. As of 2010, 8.9% of the population lives below the poverty line and 90% of them reside in rural area. More than 40 per cent of the rural poor are small-farmers. Their production systems may be hampered by the suspects of fragmented landholdings, poor economies of scale, low investment levels resulting from poor financial services and limited technology.

Sexual Exploitation of Children in Sri Lanka

The economic expansion of Sri Lanka has given boost to tourist industry and local travel trends. There is widespread accessibility to the internet and freedom to travel in the country. This has impacted on the harmful effects on the lives of children and serious repercussions, threatening the safety and best interest of the children in Sri Lanka.

In recent years the Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ programme in Sri Lanka addressed child exploitation online and in travel and tourism. The target areas were 21 districts for certain activities whereas the other programmes covered the entire nation by engaging with all key stakeholders - children, families and communities, Government, law enforcement, CSOs and private sector.

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