Worldwide, more than three million children are engaged in the sex industry. The physical and emotional damage to these children is enormous. Girls are often still a virgin when they receive their first customer. Many were infected with Hiv within months. The rising number of (child) sex tourists further increases the problem.
Terre des Hommes addresses this extreme, inhuman form of child exploitation flat out. The physical and emotional effects on the children are huge. Girls are often still a virgin when they receive their first customer. Many were infected with Hiv within months. Many other children are victimised by child sex tourism, child pornography and the 'new phenomenon': webcam child sex tourism.
Terre des Hommes defines sexual exploitation as abusing the vulnerability and/or trust of a child for sexual purposes. This can be in exchange for money, clothes, food or some other promise. Sexual exploitation includes;
Sexual exploitation of children is a worldwide phenomenon and occurs everywhere. In Asia for instance, many girls work as prostitutes while boys offer themselves on the streets. In Africa and South America many girls who do domestic work are victim of sexual exploitation. But in the Netherlands too, children are victimised.
Terre des Hommes has been combating this severe form of child exploitation for many years.
The internet has created a new phenomenon: webcam child sex tourism. This is a form of child sextourism where (mainly Western) pay to let children perfrom sexual acts in fron of a webcam. At any time during the day an estimated 750.000 online predators are looking for webcamsex with children. The trade in webcam child sex is expanding rapidly. If we don't act now, it is expected to develop into a worldwide industry. Thanks to the little virtual girl named Sweetie the problem is on the agenda worldwide and 1.000 online predators could be detected. In the Sweetie 2.0: stop webcam child sex tourism project Terre des Hommes and a team of international experts develop a new softwaresystem that can be used anywhere in the world to fight webcam sex with children. Millions of potential offenders will be recognized and deterred.
Worldwide an estimated 1,2 million children are sexually exploited