Western men not main risk for children - report

2016-05-25 09:44


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Pietermaritzburg - A study has found that primary perpetrators of child prostitution in South Africa are local, domestic, and intra-regional travellers and not white, Western, wealthy, middle-aged men, as previously thought.

The two-year global research study on the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism by End Child Prostitution in Asia (ECPAT) International showed that the extent of sexual exploitation of children has increased drastically with its nature changing dramatically.

A statement issued by Child Welfare said the study revealed that while white, Western, wealthy, middle-aged men used to be the typical sexual exploitation of children offender, this is no longer the case.

“Offenders can be foreign or local, young or old; some are paedophiles, but most are not,” said the statement.

“Local, domestic, and intra-regional travellers account for most of the offenders, with many being ‘situational’ offenders.”

Situational offenders engage in child exploitation because there is the opportunity to do so and they feel they can get away with it.

The study used Childline South Africa as a case study for the period 2014/2015.

“Of the total number of cases ­reported during the period, 97% related to child prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation.

“One percent related to involvement in pornography while two percent related to trafficking.”

The report said that of the total number of cases reported, 53 were in Gauteng while 45 were in KZN.

In 2013, the ECPAT “Don’t Look Away” South African country assessment cited five provincial hotspots: the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Kwa Zulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.

Of the 49 cases of reported child pornography only 26 cases were successfully referred to court and only nine convictions were secured.

The report also showed commercial sexual exploitation of children to be a major issue in South Africa, revealing that boys are sexually exploited by both men and women, however victims were primarily girls from poor and/or single-parent families or orphaned.

Bobbi Bear founder Jackie Branfield said the age of consent in South Africa was legally 12 years old and that the country should expect paedophiles to flock to the country because of this.

Pietermaritzburg Child Welfare director Julie Todd said people should not stereotype paedophiles or people who engage in sexual acts with children as these people did not look scary and often related well to children, choosing a profession where they could work closely with children.

“We do not have a database, which is a big problem as we do not have accurate figures for cases in the country and how many children are being abused.

“We want a national coalition with all the relevant and departmental stakeholders and it looks as if we are moving forward with this coalition,” she said.

Read more on:    child welfare  |  pietermaritzburg  |  child abuse

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