Topic: Addressing the ongoing problem of underaged prostitution

The United Nations has declared the prostitution of children to be illegal under international law by the United Nations Charter on the Rights of Children, and various campaigns and organizations have been created to protest its existence. Child prostitution usually manifests in the form of sex trafficking, in which a child is kidnapped or duped into becoming involved in the sex trade, or “survival sex”, in which the child engages in sexual activities to procure basic essentials such as food and shelter. The United Nations defines it as “the act of engaging or offering the services of a child to perform sexual acts for money or other consideration with that person or any other person”. The 2014 UNICEF study, Hidden in Plain Sight, estimates that around 120 million girls under the age of 20 (about 1 in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point of their lives. Boys also report experiences of sexual violence, but they do so to a lesser extent than girls. Child prostitution is especially common in developing countries, however developed countries are not free of it either. Evidence shows that sexual violence can have serious short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences not only for girls or boys, but also for their families and communities. This includes increased risks for illness, unwanted pregnancy, psychological distress, stigma, discrimination and difficulties at school. The Committee will elaborate on how to handle child prostitution and how to further condemn it.

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