SOS Sexual Violence, a non-governmental organization, on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) revealed that 47.93% of CSEC girls are illiterate, compared with 9.23% of boys APA learned Wednesday from the NGO.
The study carried out between 2016 and 2017 in Abidjan and three cities in the interior (Man, Bassam and Korhogo) concerns 251 girls and boys, said DrOsseyKouakou, Chairman of the Board of SOS Sexual Violence during a sensitization restitution workshop of the study entitled “Situation Analysis of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Côte d’Ivoire”.
Prostitution, according to Dr. Ossey, is the leading cause of CSECs, pointing out that “62% of the victims interviewed were exploited in prostitution through an intermediary when the case of sexual exploitation of children is in travel and or tourism (ESEVT) according to 16% of the children in the survey.”
“The study also indicates a particularly high vulnerability to ESEC among minors around the age of 16. 47.93% of girl victims are illiterate, compared with 9.23% of boys among the surveyed population,” revealed Dr. OsseyKouakou.
The children interviewed in this study say they use ESEC to support themselves (primary or secondary) and their families with a high proportion of children who are victims of Ivorian nationality (79, 2%).
The study demonstrates a plurality of family contexts among the 251 children interviewed: “13.5% say they live with their two biological parents, 13.6% live with one parent, 32.8% with other family members, 22% with individuals of unattached kinship and 9, 7 say they live alone.”
The study made several recommendations for the protection of child victims of CSEC.
The SOS Sexual Violence survey was carried out with the support of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution), ECPAT Luxemburg and ECPAT International, a network of more than 95 associations in 86 countries whose mission Is to fight CSEC.