Every year millions of children are forced to take part in the porn industry while hundreds of thousands are being sold for sexual purposes.
Around 150 million girls and 73 million boys under the age of 18 fall victim to sexual exploitation in the world, says a report issued by the German branch of UNICEF.
Every year hundreds of thousands of children are being sold to other countries, often for sexual purposes, says the report which UNICEF’s ambassador and former movie star best known for his role in a series of James Bond films presented in Berlin on Tuesday.
Despite progress made in passing laws to protect children, the laws are too often poorly applied in many countries, Moore said.
Explosion of pedophilia on the internet
Every year millions of girls and boys are forced into prostitution and into the porn industry, Moore said.
The development of the internet and video technology have caused an explosion of pedophilic content on the internet.
According to UNICEF data, between 60,000 and 100,000 children are victims of sexual industry in the Philippines and in Bangladesh, the average age of a sexually exploited child is thirteen.
On the beaches on Kenya, 15,000 children prostitute themselves every day and fall victims of tourists from rich countries, the UNICEF reports.
The UN’s organization is urging the international community to invest maximum efforts to stop this crime.
Germany’s Minister of Family Ursula von der Leyen, who wishes to push a law against child pornography on the internet in her country, said Germany should be a role-model for the international fight against human trafficking, child prostitution and child pornography.