Conference on Prostitution of minors in the German-Czech-Austrian border regions: Obstacles to the prevention of and the fight against sexual exploitation of children.

Brussels, European Parliament, 07 November 2006

Members of the WYA European Office together with members of the WYA Slovenian Committee attended a conference in the European Parliament on the subject of child prostitution. The conference attracted expert speakers from significant European and Global organisations who spoke on the devastating effects of child exploitation, the role of the EU in this matter and importantly the link between prostitution and trafficking.

The hands-on experience of Cathrin Schauer, founder of KARO an association for cross-border social work in the field of prostitution and narcotics, gave an account of the demand for child prostitutes and the different levels of exploitation that takes place. She states that in many circumstances the young victims have been so stripped of their dignity and denied of any source of love and they are therefore often incapable of knowing how to love others.
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