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India: Status of action to protect children from sexual exploitation

Posted on Aug 21, 2012

Despite rapid economic development throughout India, large sections of society have been left behind and further marginalised. India has an estimated 220,000 children affected by HIV and as many as 60,000 children are born every year to mothers who are HIV-positive. Children’s rights violations in India are various, ranging from child labour to commercial sexual exploitation and many other forms of violence and abuse. While data on child protection issues are not always available, evidence suggests that the children most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking are those belonging to disadvantaged communities and those that suffer from social exclusion, such as ethnic minorities and scheduled castes and tribes.

The latest ECPAT International Country Monitoring Report for India offers a comprehensive overview of action undertaken by the Indian authorities with regards the commercial sexual exploitation of children and highlights the priority actions required to improve protection for all children.

You can read the full report here: India Country Monitoring Report

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