From Camp to Community: Liberia study on exploitation of children

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Published by Save the Children UK, 2006

This Save the Children UK study in 2006 revealed that children in Liberia were being sexually exploited by humanitarian workers, peacekeepers and local businessmen.

The study was conducted in temporary camps for those displaced by the civil war and amongst those recently repatriated to their towns and villages of origin after the end of the war.

Despite commitments made in 2002 by NGOs, the UN and peacekeepers to improve the worldwide monitoring of recruitment and staff conduct, vulnerable children are still exchanging sex for basic necessities such as money to attend school or food to feed their families.

During the study in Liberia children and community members consistently reported that a high proportion of girls in their camps were being sexually exploited by adults in positions of power. They reported that adults providing humanitarian assistance, peacekeepers and wealthy individuals regularly buy under-age sex.

 

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