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Expert Consultation on the Prevention of the Sale & Sexual Exploitation of Children

(Past event)

Event type: Meeting

Related research: Violence affecting children

events24 - 25 September 2019
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via degli Alfani, 58
Florence, Italy 50121

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material, Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, in partnership with the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, held a two-day expert meeting in Florence, Italy.

The aim of the meeting is to reflect on the current state of play of this problem, its root causes and new manifestations, as well as the relevance and the impact of interventions to eliminate the sale and sexual exploitation of children.

The meeting took place on 24th and 25th September 2019, at UNICEF Innocenti and gathered over 30 experts in child rights.

As part of a series of consultations, the meeting also functioned as a call for input seeking information from all interested stakeholders to inform the Special Rapporteur’s final report to the Human Rights Council in March 2020.

The two-day consultation offered a platform for debate and open dialogue to exchange experiences, challenges, good practices, lessons learned, and recommendations as to what are the priorities and neglected issues requiring urgent attention. Sessions explored:

  1. Awareness and attitudes underpinning the sale and sexual exploitation of children
  2. States’ jurisdiction and institutional accountability
  3. Root causes and demand for the sexual exploitation of children and children’s vulnerability to sale and sexual exploitation
  4. Legal frameworks to protect children from sale and sexual exploitation
  5. Strengthening child protection systems
  6. Special focuses on sport, technology, and migration and forced labour.
  7. Evidence on effective prevention and response strategies
  8. The way forward

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