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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

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Jamaica

The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which now account for more than 60% of GDP. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism, remittances, and bauxite/alumina.

The economy faces serious long-term problems: a sizable merchandise trade deficit, large-scale unemployment and underemployment, and a debt-to-GDP ratio of almost 130%.

High unemployment exacerbates the serious crime problem, including gang violence that is fueled by the drug trade.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Jamaica

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Child Prostitution Widespread in Jamaica [PDF]

Jamaica Observer, July 21, 2002

www.ilocarib.org.tt/projects/childlabour/news/newspaper_articles/2002/jobserver-21jul02.pdf

[accessed 4 June 2011]

Children, Some As Young As 10 And 11 Years Old, Are Engaged In Prostitution.

Study listed nine categories of children engaging in sex for gain and said they were pushed basically by lack of economic support, love and affection.  The first of the nine categories listed was children living and working on the streets, mostly boys between ages 12 and 18

Reasons for child prostitution

Dave Campbell, Letter to the Editor, Jamaica Gleaner, June 17, 2006

jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20060617/letters/letters2.html

[accessed 4 June 2011]

Children are now seen as bread winners for some families, as the parents realise that people are more responsive to a child's cry for help.

As a result of this, parents send their children, especially females, to hustle for the family by engaging them in sexual activities with older men, while subjecting them to both physical and mental abuse which will later have a greater psychological effect on them in life.

 

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The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2005

www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2004/jamaica.htm

[accessed 15 February 2011]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - A 2001 study funded by ILO-IPEC found that children as young as 10 years old are sexually exploited and engaged in prostitution, catering to tourists. Young girls are hired by “go-go” clubs or massage parlors. Children are trafficked internally for sexual exploitation and pornography.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61733.htm

[accessed 15 February 2011]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS - The Child Care and Protection Act passed in 2004 specifically prohibits the sale or trafficking of minors and provides that violators receive the maximum penalty under the law. This law subjects convicted traffickers to a fine or imprisonment with hard labor for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both. It also provides that no person under the age of 18 years may be employed in a night club. Although authorities raided some night clubs, police tended to arrest victims of trafficking rather than owners of the clubs. There were few if any convictions under this law. Authorities reported that very few children had been found to be trafficking victims.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimated that several hundred minors were involved in the country's sex trade.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 June 2003

www1.umn.edu/humanrts/crc/jamaica2003.html

[accessed 15 February 2011]

[54] The Committee is concerned at the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children, including street children, and the lack of accurate data and adequate laws and policies in this regard.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, 30/11/2001

www1.umn.edu/humanrts/esc/jamaica2001.html

[accessed 19 September 2011]

[13] The Committee is deeply concerned about the lack of laws, policies or programs to address explicitly the proliferation of sex tourism and its consequences, which include the sexual exploitation and prostitution of women and children, and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. In particular, the Committee is alarmed that school drop-out rates have increased as young girls are induced to leave school to enter the sex trade, sometimes even with the consent and encouragement of parents who benefit from their earnings.

Gateways to exploitation

Globe and Mail, Nov. 10, 2007 -- Source: ECPAT International

www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/gateways-to-exploitation/article1089077/

[accessed 7 October 2012]

JAMAICA - Male and female sex workers operating in tourist areas are known as “beach boys” and “beach girls.” Working on the beach, they make private contacts with tourists. Additionally, there are reports of van operators who take passengers to safe houses for sex with boys and girls. Some girls are sent out to the beach by their parents to wait for men. In general, clients are mostly Westerners, but local men are also involved. Boy prostitution, described as “rent-a-dread,” also occurs.

Companies involved in human trafficking

Howard Campbell, Jamaica Gleaner, April 28, 2007

www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070428/lead/lead5.html

[accessed 15 February 2011]

"If you had asked me three or four years ago, I would tell you that, 'Look, these things don't happen in Jamaica'," he said. "But, believe me, it happens."  The Justice Minister said that since the task force was set up by former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson in 2005, many cases of human trafficking have been unearthed. Many involve children.

EXPLOITING THE YOUNG - Using the sensational 'sale' of a teenage girl by her parents to a man in St. Elizabeth as an example, Mr. Nicholson said the exploitation of young boys and girls in Jamaica was widespread. He warned that, under the law, not only persons who know of the deed can be jailed.

Reasons for child prostitution

Dave Campbell, Letter to the Editor, Jamaica Gleaner, June 17, 2006

jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20060617/letters/letters2.html

[accessed 4 June 2011]

Children are now seen as bread winners for some families, as the parents realise that people are more responsive to a child's cry for help.

As a result of this, parents send their children, especially females, to hustle for the family by engaging them in sexual activities with older men, while subjecting them to both physical and mental abuse which will later have a greater psychological effect on them in life.

The paedophiles are here

Martin Henry, Jamaica Gleaner, June 8, 2006

jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20060608/cleisure/cleisure2.html

[accessed 4 June 2011]

Whatever the law may wish to say about age of consent, the majority of firstborns in this country have been born to teen-age mothers, and a large proportion of these to mothers under the age of consent. The age of first sex is well-documented to be in the early teens.

Transactional sex in a rich variety of prostitutional commercial exchange, from the onset of puberty, is a dominant feature of Jamaican culture.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

www.no-trafficking.org/content/web/05reading_rooms/five_years_after_stockholm.pdf

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – JAMAICA – The ILO/CCDC study recommends a number of key actions and activities which should be included in a national plan of action on the worst forms of child labor. These recommendations include improvements to Jamaican legislation so that child prostitution is classified as a criminal offense; collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Entertainment to develop strategies to eradicate child sex tourism; and sensitivity training programs for health, education, and labor officers, NGOs, CBOs, the media, owners and operators of clubs and other places of adult entertainment that may employ children.

UNICEF Jamaica Lauds Steps To Establish Post Of Children's Advocate In The Island

United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF, June 22, 2005

www.unicef.org/jamaica/media_2097.htm

[accessed 4 June 2011]

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica congratulates the Government of Jamaica for having actively pursued the establishment of a Children’s Advocate, which is a post essential to the effective implementation of the Child Care and Protection Act

Child Prostitution Widespread in Jamaica [PDF]

Jamaica Observer, July 21, 2002

www.ilocarib.org.tt/projects/childlabour/news/newspaper_articles/2002/jobserver-21jul02.pdf

[accessed 4 June 2011]

Children, Some As Young As 10 And 11 Years Old, Are Engaged In Prostitution.

Study listed nine categories of children engaging in sex for gain and said they were pushed basically by lack of economic support, love and affection.  The first of the nine categories listed was children living and working on the streets, mostly boys between ages 12 and 18

Violence Against Children in Jamaica, W.I. A Cross Cultural Qualitative Study

Dr. Joan Lesser, Dr. Marlene Cooper, and Yunena Morales, 30 minute Paper Presentation in English at the Third International Conference On New Directions In Humanities, Humanities Conference 2005, University of Cambridge, 2-5 August 2005

h05.cgpublisher.com/proposals/549/index_html

[accessed 4 June 2011]

Within the last decade 22,000 youth were labeled "street children" who lived and worked in the streets doing jobs such as machinery, welding, domestic work, care giving and newspaper delivery. Many turn to or are forced into child prostitution and/or the drug trade in order to survive.

My Parent And My Pimp - Child prostitution in Jamaica

Stephen-Claude Hyatt, Jamaica Gleaner, December 6, 2001

jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20011206/cleisure/cleisure5.html

[accessed 4 June 2011]

What is not known is that there are Jamaica women who will send their daughters and sons out nightly to "work the beat" and take money home to them. Many of these children are not allowed back into the home unless a certain amount of money is made nightly.

Prostitution In Jamaica

Paul Andrew Bourne, able2know, 2 Sep, 2005

able2know.org/topic/58717-1

[accessed 4 June 2011]

COMMERCIAL SEX WORKERS - Street and working children are a particularly vulnerable group to prostitution. These children lack family and social support. (Dunn, 2001) posits that small boys between the ages of 6 and 17 years were most exploited. They did not have the protection of adult family members or institutional environment for support and as such were exposed to extreme economic deprivation and abuse. Those involved in sexual activity were between 12 and 18 years. The majorities were from very poor backgrounds and were out of school; although a few attended school regularly Dunn, (2001).

The Children Of Jamaica's Sex Trade [PDF]

Jamaica Observer, June 26, 2005

www.ilocarib.org.tt/projects/childlabour/news/newspaper_articles/2005/jobserver-26jun05.pdf

[accessed 14 September 2011]

"In Montego Bay, 20 girls and 10 boys between 10 and 18 years from several inner-city communities were identified as being involved in sexual activity for gain on a large scale," said the report prepared by Leith Dunn and her team.  "They are organized in groups, an adult is usually in charge of the younger ones but they work independently of each other.  "These young sex workers, the report said, could be seen along the Gloucester Avenue Hip Strip and the beach, popular tourist spots.  Dunn and her team also cited examples of groups of young girls, between 13 and 18, working in the tough inner-city community of Canterbury; and boys between 10 and 16 who had sex with men at the UDC-owned Dump Up Beach.

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