This report is submitted in accordance with Commission on Human Rights resolution 2005/44. The resolution calls upon all States, inter alia, to take the necessary measures to eliminate the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography by adopting a holistic approach and addressing the contributing factors, including, underdevelopment, poverty economic disparities, inequitable socio-economic structures, dysfunctioning families, lack of education, urban-rural migration, gender discrimination, irresponsible adult sexual behaviour, harmful traditional practices, armed conflicts and trafficking in children. Noting that little attention has been given so far to the demand factor in the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and convinced of the importance of studying and understanding its dynamics in order to develop proper and efficient legal and political policies, the Special Rapporteur has decided to devote his annual report to this issue.

The report is based on information received from Governments, international organizations, non‑governmental organizations and individuals in response to a questionnaire sent jointly with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.  It reflects the responses received from 28 countries, from several intergovernmental organizations and from various non-governmental organizations and individuals.

This report does not pretend to give a comprehensive analysis of the different forms demand can take, but rather highlights the divergent understandings of what may constitute demand, gives an overview of the main factors which tend to create or increase demand for commercial sexual exploitation, and outlines experiences conducted both by the State and civil society to reduce demand.


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Created   28.02.2006 Updated   28.02.2006

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