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Sexual Exploitation of Children in Humanitarian Contexts – Executive Summary

by ECPAT International in 2024

ECPAT International and its members in Ethiopia (Emmanuel Development Association), Kenya (Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children’s Rights – KAACR) and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights) conducted a multi-country research to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics and diverse manifestations of sexual exploitation that affect children in humanitarian contexts.

Through this study, we explore how beliefs and perceptions about children or the humanitarian infrastructure not only heighten their exposure to risks but also hinder the responses that humanitarian actors implement. The study also examines how humanitarian response systems that lack coordination and a shared understanding of child sexual exploitation, coupled with insufficient resources and expertise, can exacerbate the drivers of sexual exploitation of children and prevent the implementation of effective prevention and response interventions.

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