The Special Rapporteur stressed the gravity of the situation and the necessity to act urgently in order to ensure an integrated protective framework for children.
The eradication of the sale and sexual exploitation of children in Madagascar will be a lengthy process which will require guaranteeing the strengthening of institutions’ capacities and services for children, the fight against impunity, operational inter-sectoral coordination, the establishment of sustainable socio-economic alternatives and the promotion of protective social norms.
During her mission to Madagascar from 15 to 26 July, Ms.
Maalla M’jid met with various State and local authorities, as well as representatives from UN agencies, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector.
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If Madagascar wants to be successful and accepted in international tourism the problem of child prostitution and Sex Tourism needs to be addressed immediately and before a tourism industry can be developed successfully.
Children, mostly from rural areas, are subject to conditions of domestic servitude, commercial sexual exploitation, and forced labor in mining, fishing, and agriculture within the country.
Countries in the Indian Ocean reached out to Madagascar recently and accepted that country to the Vanilla Island Tourism Organization.
Several high level events and meetings to increase tourism to that country are a promising sign of necessary changes.
She also met child victims and went to the main spots of child sexual exploitation in Antananarivo, Toliara, Nosy Be and Toamasina.