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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

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Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

Slovakia has made significant economic reforms since its separation from the Czech Republic in 1993. Reforms to the taxation, healthcare, pension, and social welfare systems helped

Slovakia's economic growth exceeded expectations in 2001-08 despite the general European slowdown. Unemployment, at an unacceptable 18% in 2003-04, dropped to 8.4% in 2008 but remains the economy's Achilles heel.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Slovakia

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Children in Street Prostitution - Report from the German-Czech Border [DOC]

Cathrin Schauer -- Publication by ECPAT Germany, UNICEF Germany, Horlemann Editors, Bad Honnef, 2003

www.childcentre.info/projects/exploitation/germany/dbaFile11447.doc

[accessed 19 July 2011]

THE VICTIMS - The 40 children and young people who were interviewed for the study come from socially disadvantaged families in the regions of West-Bohemia, North-Bohemia, South-Bohemia and Slovakia. Their parents are mostly unemployed, many of them are drug and/or alcohol addicts, some of them are in prison. The children stand out because of their neglected appearance; they only rarely attend school, and it is their daily occupation to assure the income of their family. The children interviewed spoke only reluctantly about their families. Many of them were raped or sexually abused before they became involved in commercial sexual exploitation.

 

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The Department of Labor’s 2003 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2004

www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2003/slovak-republic.htm

[accessed 22 December 2010]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Girls from Slovakia are trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, and Slovakia is a country of origin, transit and a destination country for such victims of trafficking. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed concerns over several issues related to children. In particular, the transit of trafficked children through Slovakia for the purpose of pornography, prostitution and sex tourism has drawn attention to the need for protecting children. Insufficient data and awareness of the phenomenon of the commercial sexual exploitation of children persist.

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/2005/61674.htm

[accessed 22 December 2010]

CHILDREN - Child prostitution is prohibited. Community workers reported it was a problem in Romani settlements with the worst living conditions. During the year there were no reported cases of trafficking in children.

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

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 October 2000

www1.umn.edu/humanrts/crc/slovakia2000.html

[accessed 22 December 2010]

[49] In line with the observation of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography, the Committee is concerned that Slovakia has become a transit country for the transport of children for pornography, prostitution and sex tourism. The Committee is also concerned at reports that commercial sexual exploitation, particularly involving Russian and Ukrainian girls, is increasing and at the generally insufficient data on and awareness about the phenomenon of commercial sexual exploitation of children in Slovakia.

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 – SLOVAK REPUBLIC – The Committee recommended that Slovakia undertake a national study on CSEC that would analyze the nature and extent of the problem and serve as a basis for designing appropriate measures. It also recommended a number of specific actions including awareness raising campaigns to sensitize the general public on the child's right to protection from sexual exploitation; strengthening cooperation with authorities abroad; establishing rehabilitation programs and shelters for victims of CSEC; and training personnel working with child victims.

Report by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

UN Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights, Fifty-ninth session, 6 January 2003

www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/0/217511d4440fc9d6c1256cda003c3a00/$FILE/G0310090.doc

[accessed 19 July 2011]

[64] The sale and trafficking of children is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code.  Prostitution is not a criminal offence, but the Criminal Code penalizes anyone who procures prostitutes and if the offence involves children under the ages of 18 and 15, respectively, the Criminal Code assigns two stricter penalties accordingly.

Children in Street Prostitution - Report from the German-Czech Border [DOC]

Cathrin Schauer -- Publication by ECPAT Germany, UNICEF Germany, Horlemann Editors, Bad Honnef, 2003

www.childcentre.info/projects/exploitation/germany/dbaFile11447.doc

[accessed 19 July 2011]

THE VICTIMS - The 40 children and young people who were interviewed for the study come from socially disadvantaged families in the regions of West-Bohemia, North-Bohemia, South-Bohemia and Slovakia. Their parents are mostly unemployed, many of them are drug and/or alcohol addicts, some of them are in prison. The children stand out because of their neglected appearance; they only rarely attend school, and it is their daily occupation to assure the income of their family. The children interviewed spoke only reluctantly about their families. Many of them were raped or sexually abused before they became involved in commercial sexual exploitation.

Country Information - Slovakia

Terre des Hommes via its Internet platform against sexual exploitation of children in tourism www.child-hood.com

www.child-hood.com/index.php?id=720&type=6

[accessed 19 July 2011]

COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN TOURISM - Sexual exploitation of children by tourists represents a considerable problem in Slovakia. The victims are not only children from Slovakia, but also increasingly girls from Russia and the Ukraine. Slovak children are smuggled by well-organized professional trafficking gangs to various western European countries, to the Czech Republic and to Japan, where they are sexually abused and exploited. Slovakia is also a stopping place where children from Soviet Union and the Balkan states are passed over to other gangs who organize their further transport.

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Torture in  [the Slovak Republic]  [other countries]
Human Trafficking in  [the Slovak Republic]  [other countries]
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