2021 03 01
2021 03 01
In the report published in March 2021, the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material, Mama Fatima Singhateh, focuses on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on increased risk and various manifestations of sale and sexual exploitation of children.
The report is based on responses and evidence which were provided by a wide range of stakeholders and were sought via a joint call for inputs through questionnaires issued by special procedure mandate holders.
The Special Rapporteur outlines the push and pull factors, protection challenges and good practices, and provides recommendations on measures to address the heightened risks of sale and sexual exploitation of children, both online and offline, during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdowns. The recommendations are also aimed at operationalizing the pledges made under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development insofar as they relate to targets 5.3, 8.7 and 16.2 and at ensuring the implementation of effective child protection responses arising in the context of emergencies.