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Fiji and Solomon Islands – hot spots for prostitution: report

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Fiji and the Solomon Islands have been identified as hot spots for prostitution and child trafficking.

This was published in the 2017 United States Trafficking in Persons Report shared to the participants of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children session at the International Civil Society Week held in Suva, Islands Business reports.

The report states the two countries are used as source, transit and final destinations not only for local but also Southeast Asian men and women who were subjected to forced labour and forced prostitution, and local children subjected to sex and labour trafficking.

It also detailed how children were at risk of being sexually abused and exploited, experiences of children who experience parental neglect and abuse and those living without their biological parents. The report states that sexual violence against children is recognised internationally as the most severe violation of their human rights and the worst form of child abuse and exploitation.