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Children account for more than one-fourth of all people in forced commercial sexual exploitation and for one-third of all discovered trafficked individuals, rising to fifty percent in low-income countries. Moreover, child sex trafficking has only increased over the years, with many European countries predominantly recognized as destination and transit countries for commercial sexual exploitation. This paper examines and evaluates the current methods of reducing and preventing sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Europe. Next, it holistically analyzes and reviews the issue globally, determining each strategy’s overall efficacy, practicality, and potential downsides. These strategies call for greater international cooperation, mobilization of resources, and strengthening and implementing effective laws and policies. As a result, the following recommendations are made: integrating children’s voices in policy-making, creating a multi-stakeholder response, and focusing on demand reduction for child sexual abuse material.

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Europe, Policy, Children, Sex Trafficking, Exploitation

Protecting Childhood: Examining European Policies on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children



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