The sexual exploitation of children through prostitution is an insidious form of commercialized violence against the world's most vulnerable citizens. A childhood spent in prostitution can have serious, lifelong, even life-threatening consequences for the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social development of children.
Throughout the region, law enforcement, prosecutors, and social-service providers face many obstacles in responding to this challenging problem. Some jurisdictions have, however devloped innovative programs and initiatives, based on multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional models, to address the sexual exploitation of youth living.
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