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Comité de Liaison des Organisations Sociales de défense des droits de l’Enfant (CLOSE) is a network of more than 30 NGOs concerned with the protection of children against sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. CLOSE was established in 1998 and became an affiliate member of ECPAT International in March 2002. This network was set up in order to mobilise actors to combat trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Enfants Solidaires d’Afrique et du Monde (ESAM) is the coordinator for the network.

Comité de Liaison des Organisations Sociales de défense des droits de l’Enfant (CLOSE)

Contact: Mr. Norbert Fanou-Ako
Phone: +229 21 305237
Address: 08 BP 0049, Tri Postal, Cotonou, Rue Général de SOUZA, Maison Dominiquen TOUPE, Gbégamey, Benin


The Beninese practice of ‘vidomegon’ places children in wealthier homes with the purpose of providing them with educational or vocational opportunities, however some of these children are exploited as domestic servants. Additional reports confirm instances of sexual abuse, exploitation and recruitment into the sex trade within the practice.

. In 2016, 32% of women between 20-24 years old had been married by the age of 18 years. 11% had been married by the age of 15 years. Child marriage rates differ vastly between rural and urban areas, in 2006 women living in rural were more than twice as likely to be married by age 18 than their urban counterparts.

Benin is the largest source country for trafficking victims in the Republic of Congo. In Benin, Togolese girls are a particular trafficked group and reports show cases of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism involving both girls and boys in Mono and shores of the Bight of Benin.


ECPAT International
Benin – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2014


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