The other side of child exploitation: child sex tourism
Each year, over a million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade. Child sex tourism, or CST, is a shameful assault on the dignity of children and a form of violent child abuse and violence.
The commercial sexual exploitation of children has devastating consequences for these minors, which include long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease, such as HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social isolation and possibly, even death.
International webs of crime organizations are entirely devoted to black-market children from one country to another for means of sexual exploitation and CST. These organizations, work primarily in the Americas and East Europe, although the Asia-Pacific region, in countries such as The Phillipines, are beggining to face this as a major problem.
Over the last five years, as many as 32 countries have passed extraterritorial laws, granting them the possibility to prosecute their citizens for CST crimes committed abroad, but the road isn’t nearly halfway walked.
You can find interesting proposals of what governments should do to prevent CST in the following links: