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Child Sex Tourism Prevention

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Some 2 million children, like these young girls, are trapped in the commercial sex trade around the world. Many of the people who exploit them are U.S. tourists.
Children are prostituted in virtually every country around the world. Currently, an estimated two million children worldwide - some as young as 5 years old - are enslaved in the commercial sex trade. Many of these children are forced, coerced or tricked into prostitution.

“Child sex tourism” is a specific branch of prostitution wherein foreign tourists, mostly men, have sex with children. An estimated 25% of child sex tourists worldwide are from the U.S., with rates estimated as high as 80% in Costa Rica.

Because this crime is committed overseas, the vast majority of these tourists, many of whom come from western countries, see no prosecution or any other form of legal consequence for their actions. To read more, click here.

World Vision's work to prevent child sex tourism
As part of its commitment to protecting children, World Vision has joined forces with national governments, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations to combat child sex tourism.

As part of Operation Predator, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established a partnership with World Vision. World Vision’s role in this partnership is its “Child Sex Tourism Prevention Project.” Funded by private donations and a grant from the U.S. State Department, the project aims to deter potential child sex tourists before they harm children, and provide assistance to U.S. law enforcement agencies in their work to identify and apprehend offenders. To read more, click here.

>> Read FAQs about Child Sex Tourism prevention
>> Information about partners of the Child Sex Tourism Prevention Project.

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