Innocenti Working Papers Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Boys in South Asia. A review of research findings, legislation, policy and programme responses Published: 2010 Innocenti Working Papers This paper provides an overview of research findings, legislation, policy and programme responses to prevent and respond to the sexual abuse and exploitation of boys in South Asia. The background to the paper is based on the findings from previous UNICEF IRC research on child trafficking in the region, which indicated that boys enjoy less legal protection than girls from sexual abuse and exploitation and less access to services for victims. While it is seen that the majority of legislation and policies that address ‘children’ adequately address ‘boys’, this paper notes areas in which the rights and needs of boys require greater focus. Among the concerns is the absence of legal commentary on legislation regarding boys’ issues and an absence of advocacy efforts to take action and amend laws to provide equal protection to boys. In some cases legislation covers only girls and women. And, although research shows that boys face almost the same degree of sexual abuse and exploitation as girls, programming throughout the region is overwhelmingly directed at girls and women. + - Cite this publication | No. of pages: 173 | Thematic area: Child Protection | Tags: boys, child abuse, child trafficking, legal protection, legal provisions, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation × COPY BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION 2010 Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Boys in South Asia. A review of research findings, legislation, policy and programme responses. , pp. 173.