Division of Public Health Practice
Dates of Research:
August 1, 2008 — March 10, 2010
The Harvard School of Public Health will undertake a study across the five global regions of South Asia, Southeast Asia, Southeastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa to investigate the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). The study will investigate two areas; first, it will seek to determine the youngest and average ages at which children across these regions are becoming sexually exploited for commercial purposes. Secondly, the study identifies the mechanisms and vulnerabilities by which children across these regions are victimized via CSEC. A preliminary report was formally presented at the Third World Congress on CSEC in Brazil in November 2008. The final findings from this project will service to inform law enforcement policies and procedures regarding the identification, investigation, and prosecution of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and also how to prevent this crime.