In many parts of the world children are kidnapped or bought to be exploited by a cynical sex and pornography industry. The 1986 Humanist World Congress regards this crime as violation of the human rights of that part of humanity which above all requires our protection, children.
The physical, emotional and psychological damage suffered by the children is even worse than the generally harmful consequences for the children’s educational and intellectual development. The result is often autism, psychoses and suicide. Medical reports mention cases of severe physical mutilation including damage to sex organs and anus. Sexually transmitted diseases are widespread, and the evidence of drug abuse overwhelming.
Children as young as 3 to 4 years old are confined in brothels, private clubs and eros-centres. Some are forced to participate in sado-masochistic pornographic films. Often they are raped by adults or exposed to excited animals. Most of these children never get out of these sex-rings alive.
The 1986 Humanist World Congress urges:
IHEU Congress 1986
'Sexual exploitation of children', Humanists International, World Humanist Congress, Oslo, Norway, 1986