Trafficking and sexual exploitation of children continues to rise and we urgently need to step up the global efforts to address the 3 Ps: prevention, protection and prosecution of perpetrators. Children account for approximately a third of all victims of trafficking and most of these children are girls trafficked for sexual exploitation.
Despite substantial progress being made in the field and an increased focus globally on child trafficking and sexual exploitation, this heinous crime is on the rise and traffickers continue to find new and innovative ways to lure unsuspecting victims.
Trafficking of children does not look the same now as it did ten, or even five years ago. New ways of exploiting children continue to surface, and reports show that the growing normalization of commercialization of women and girls’ bodies is contributing to a substantial increase in commercial sexual exploitation of girls.