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  HOME | Central America

UN Official Says Salvadorans Too Tolerant of Child Exploitation

SAN SALVADOR – The UN Population Fund’s special rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and the use of children in pornography warned Tuesday about the “social tolerance” that exists in El Salvador for crimes against youngsters.

UNFPA rapporteur Najat M’jid talked to reporters here at the end of a nine-day visit to the Central American nation.

“Children and families are afraid of reprisals, afraid of being socially stigmatized, they don’t trust the police or the judiciary,” she said.

M’jid held meetings with representatives from government and civil organizations who, she said, expressed to her their concern over the increase in child sexual exploitation, but she said that a “standardized information system” containing national statistics on the matter does not exist.

“All the actors, be they state, private or associations, told me that the problem continues to increase and that it seems to affect girls more than boys,” said the UNFPA rapporteur.

It is a “multifaceted” problem with many causes including social exclusion, poverty, organized crime, the development of the sex industry and sexual discrimination, she said. EFE
 

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