Our local partner CIPCRE-Benin has been researching child trafficking for the cause of sexual exploitation and has released a study concerning this issue in 2008. 252 underage prostitute girls between the age of 12 and 17 have been surveyed. The study shows, that about 50% of the girls had been sold to national or international human traffickers by their own parents or relatives. They get paid about 56 €, of which the procurer receives 98% and the girls themselves the resting 2%. The following campaign of CIPCRE in 2009-2010 shows, that there is also an increase in sexual abuse in families and schools, on markets and construction sites as well as in clubs and religious communities.
As a countermeasure, CIPCRE and Kinderrechte Afrika e.V. initiated a preventive project for the creation of an environment that respects children’s rights and prevents sexual violence in the department of Ouémé. The project lasted for two and a half years, from July 2011 to December 2013. Thereafter, we realized, that there was an important progress regarding the fight of this phenomenon.
Nevertheless, there are still many aspects, which threaten the sustainability of these achievements and further promote sexual violence against children.
The most important aspects are the following:
The project aims at improving the protection of children from sexual violence in and outside of schools in Ouémé as well as at the adequate accompaniement of victims. Children, particularly girls, shall be enabled to protect themselves from possible offences. Also, their security shall be improved by politicians and civil societies, who actively engage in child protection.
Project costs: 545,688 €
Cover photo: Students of secondary schools in Benin accompany the official set-up of a sign signifying that they will not tolerate sexual abuse and violence. KiRA and CIPCRE initiated the introduction of a code of conduct in many schools in the region of Ouémé, which has been drawn up in cooperation with parents, students and the school staff. The Ministry of Education has now adopted this measure and made a code of conduct binding for all educational institutions.
No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Art. 37 UN-CRC. © Elisabeth Munsch
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