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Call to combat child exploitation

Atasa Moceituba
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE advanced technological age paves dangers as child exploitation becomes more apparent.

Those were the words of Dr Jiko Luveni during the official opening of Homes of Hope Summit for Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children.

"Sexual violence against children is a global problem and in recent years there has been increasing concern throughout the Pacific countries regarding the occurrences of such incidence in our very own backyard," she said.

According to a recent publication made by United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) children were sexually abused by family members and neighbours.

"Perpetrators of the abuse and exploitation are overwhelmingly males and typically men with resources or other power in the community," said Dr Luveni.

She said sexual violence against children was recognised internationally as the most severe violation of their human rights, child abuse and exploitation.