Victims of sexual abuse
Victims of sexual abuse usually come from vulnerable groups all over the world. They are children who live in poverty, children from minority groups, street children, working children and children who are abused or neglected at home.
Consequences for the child
Sexual exploitation has major emotional, psychological, physical and social consequences for the victims. Abuse and exploitation are usually accompanied by physical and emotional violence. This leads to injuries, pain and fear. Victims also run a high risk of unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other STIs. In the long term, they have to deal with feelings of guilt, depression, trauma and low self-esteem.
Victims often suffer from stigmatisation and are excluded from education. Therefore, sexual exploitation has a negative impact on the health, well-being and the future prospects of children. Once involved in prostitution, it is extremely difficult to get out of it.