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Terre de Hommes - Child Labour
In today’s world, around 85 million children are forced into labour. Victims of some of the worst forms of child labour, they are recruited by force and reduced to slavery, often being subjected to prostitution. They become victims of human trafficking, obliged to engage in illegal activities and must perform dangerous types of work. Their physical and mental health is affected and their ability to learn and socialise is destroyed, both of which have serious consequences on their future.
Terre de Hommes - Gaza
Joseph Aguettant is the head of the Swiss child relief organisation Terre des hommes in the Palestinian territories. He gives us an update on the situation as experienced daily by thousands of children and their families who are suffering from the effects of the conflict. On the ground, the damage is colossal: thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged and nearly 100,000 people displaced. But this crisis appears to have been forgotten by the international community, who have not stood by their pledge of aid for reconstruction.
Terre de Hommes - Protection
Terre des hommes (Tdh) is actively engaged in protecting children against exploitation, abuse, trafficking and violence. Children with no parental protection, especially street children, migrant children and orphans, are particularly exposed to these dangers. Through reintegration with their family, school or a professional activity, Tdh gives them new future perspectives.
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Video: Stop webcam child tourism!
Webcam child tourism
Sample of a conversation that took place on April 26, 2013 between a predator seeking a webcam sex performance from a Terre des Hommes Netherlands researcher posing on a public chat room as a 10-year-old Filipino girl. That predator was one of 1,000 identified by Terre des Hommes Netherlands researchers after they were caught in the act of seeking webcam sex performances from Filipino children. “Older4Young” was revealed to be a 35-year-old father of two children from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.
Rising Internet usage rates and persistent poverty in the developing world have fostered the emergence of a rapidly growing new form of online child sexual exploitation. “Webcam Child Sex Tourism” (WCST) takes place when adults pay or offer other rewards in order to direct and view live streaming video footage of children in another country performing sexual acts in front of a webcam. WCST enables predators to sexually abuse children in other countries with ease and frequency using their Internet- connected personal computers. And despite the fact that WCST is prohibited by international laws and most national criminal codes, the enforcement of those laws has so far been lax.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands works to end child exploitation and to assist victims around the world. In recent years, we have been overwhelmed by the surging number of child victims of WCST in the Philippines. The psychological damage that exploitation through WCST has on children is profound and permanent. We recognize that victim assistance alone cannot stop the expansion of such a rapidly growing form of child exploitation. That knowledge motivated us to undertake this study in search of a solution that governments around the world can apply to reduce the global demand for WCST.
Key facts: The United Nations and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation estimate that there are 750,000 predators connected to the Internet at any moment. Those predators contribute to a vast global demand for WCST. Moreover, an estimate that tens of thousands of children in the Philippines alone are exploited through WCST, suggests that this form of long-distance child abuse appears to take place with great frequency. However, the alarming fact that only six predators have ever been convicted for engaging in WCST should inspire shame and immediate action by governments around the world. This is a problem that urgently needs the world’s attention
Source: Terre de Hommes
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