The new ECPAT report published this month analysis the scope of sexual exploitation of children in Czech Republic. The report provides introduction and explains the context of sexual exploitation in Czech Republic, present laws, commitments and regulations on all levels – national, European and international. Authors then analyze national response to sexual exploitation of children, the participation of victims and survivors, and provide recommendation to improve the current situation.
According to the report, despite high ranking Czech Republic has on the Human development index, socioeconomic inequality and discrimination still persist, and the effects are particularly severe on marginalized and vulnerable groups, especially children in those groups. The report notes number of cases of exploitation of children reported to the authorities are on the rise. Two things make children particularly vulnerable - access to internet and mobile phones without any control, oversights or protection as well as sexual content generated by children and shared among their peers. The report states Czech Republic “continues to be a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking, with children comprising more than half of the identified victims of sale and trafficking for sexual purposes”. The risk is especially high in travel and tourism industry.
Some of the recommendations for the government to improve the situation are to:
- To strengthen and improve international and regional legislation, commitments and coordination to end sexual exploitation of children
- Improve the national response by developing national plans on this issue, setting up bodies on national level to monitor and evaluate the implementation of relevant policies and actions, improve data collection, raise awareness and establish public prevention campaigns
- To provide access to justice and relevant services for victims and to make this process child-friendly as much as possible
- Ensure participation of victims and survivors as part of the Youth strategy
- To conduct yearly assessments of the situation and its manifestations in the country, and especially to research the links between the tourism industry and sexual exploitation of children