This brief outlines the most promising local prevention strategies and policy changes to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.  The recommendations are designed to shift social and cultural norms that increase the likelihood of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Sample recommendations include:

  • Decrease the saturation of media messages aimed at children by reviewing and rolling back the legislation that allowed advertising to children especially in children’s television programming.
  • Develop a rapid response media network to respond to breaking news with proactive prevention messages that incorporate an environmental and norms-based understanding of the causes and solutions of abuse.
  • Require staff training in organizations that work with children and youth specifically focused on developmentally appropriate sexuality and sexual behavior.

    With support from the Ms. Foundation, this brief is based on findings from  a convening of national experts and local leaders, expert interviews, and a review of the literature.

Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach

The report reveals shocking findings of three years of intensive research on the issue of child sex trafficking in America from ten locations across the U.S.  Research locations ranged from areas as diverse as Salt Lake City, Utah to Clearwater, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Some important key findings includes:  

- At least 100,000 children are used in prostitution every year in the United States.
- The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years old. 
- Prostituted girls are often controlled by a pimp who recruits them into sex trafficking by posing as a boyfriend, caretaker, and protector.
The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Prostituted Children

The report summarizes research and analysis of laws, ordinances, and regulations applicable to human trafficking in greater Cincinnati. It also includes findings from an extensive survey of law enforcement officials, social service providers, healthcare providers, attorneys, city and county leaders, non-governmental organizations, media, and faith-based organizations.
Finally, it recommends three first steps our city and community leaders may take to begin addressing human trafficking.
Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Report

This is the ninth annual TIP Report; it seeks to increase global awareness of the human trafficking phenomenon by shedding new light on various facets of the problem and highlighting shared and individual efforts of the international community, and to encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in persons. The PDF is a large file, for a breakdown of sections, see here: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/index.htm
2009 Trafficking in Persons Report (pdf large file)

Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence highlights the common experiences of immigrant women who are victims of sexual violence, the legal protections and public benefits available, and practices and suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of services provided to immigrant women.
Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence

Based on data gathered from 155 countries, this report offers the first global assessment of the scope of human trafficking. It includes as overview of trafficking patterns, legal approaches to trafficking, and country-specific information on reported cases of trafficking in persons. The most common form of human trafficking is sexual exploitation (79% of human trafficking cases). The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls.
Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

This resource kit captures over 10 years of work by IPEC and its partners and makes the Programme's experiences and knowledge available to those who design, implement and improve policy and programming to fight child trafficking. It is composed of five separate but interrelated books that cover a range of themes, including: understanding child trafficking, research and knowledge base, building legal and policy frameworks, mobilization and building partnerships, taking action against child trafficking, and the processes that may contribute to effective remedial action. Accompanying the texts are more than 150 resources comprising publications, 'how-to' manuals.
Combating trafficking in children for labour exploitation: A resource kit for policy-makers and practitioners

Including information about 170 countries, this is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. Its findings will raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons. The annual Trafficking in Persons Report serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages partnership and increased determination in the fight against forced labor, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery.
Trafficking in Persons Report

The review summarizes the learning from the Refugee Council Vulnerable Women’s Project and situates that learning within the wider context of what is known about rape and sexual violence. It provides a summary of evidence that is available about the prevalence of sexual violence against refugee women, and about access to justice in some of the countries from which the Project’s clients have fled.
Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women Affected by Rape or Sexual Violence: a Literature Review

This report documents how hundreds of thousands of girls in Indonesia, some as young as 11, are employed as domestic workers in other people’s households, performing tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and child care. Most girls interviewed for the report worked 14 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, with no day off. Almost all are grossly underpaid, and some get no salary at all. In the worst cases, girls reported being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused.
Workers in the Shadows: Abuse and Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers in Indonesia

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