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Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children


The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children is mandated to analyse the root causes of sale and sexual exploitation of children, identify new patterns of the phenomena, exchange good practices to combat it, promote measures to prevent it, and make recommendations for the rehabilitation of child victims of sale and sexual exploitation.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur was created in 1990 and is the only mandate of the UN Special procedures system with an exclusive focus on children.

The Special Rapporteur has four main activities, namely undertaking country visits, sending individual complaints, writing thematic reports and conducting awareness-raising and advocacy to promote and protect human rights of children.

Key information on the mandate

Child-friendly booklet on the mandate:
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Fact sheet on the mandate:
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25 years of the mandate

25 Years of Fighting the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children

Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

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Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations at Geneva
814 ave de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Fax: (+41 22) 917 90 06