Child prostitution and pornography in Southeast As Essay

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Child prostitution and pornography in Southeast Asia

Child pornography and prostitution are two of the most disturbing issues in the world
today. Millions of children, in virtually every country in the world, become victims of
sexual exploitation. Access to child pornography and prostitution in Southeast Asia has
increased during the 1990’s due to the lack of government legislation and enforcement
protecting children. Japan is the world’s global leader of child pornography on the
Internet, whereas Thailand is famous for its sex tourism industry. Most if the children
who fall victims to this horrible industry are forced by their parents to help pay off the
family debt.

Child pornography is the consequence of the exploitation or sexual abuse against a child.
It can be defined as any means of depicting or promoting sexual abuse of a child, centered
on a sexual act or the genital organs of children. It exists in three main forms, visual,
audio and text. It is put to use by pedophiles as a tool to lower a child’s inhibitions
and by showing other children in pornographic poses, entice that child into compromising
situations. These children range from a few months old to 18 years of age. It is these
photographs, videotapes, films and magazines of children in sexual poses and acts that
make up the multimillion dollar global world of child pornography. (Missing Children,
1997).

Although child prostitution has been around for thousands of years, it has only achieved
widespread recognition in the last few decades. One reason for it’s increasing
popularity, especially overseas, is the naïve belief that sex with a juvenile prostitute
is safer than sex with an adult prostitute. On the contrary, children are more prone to
sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and HIV/AIDS, than adults. These
children are victims of the most overlooked form of child abuse; they are vulnerable and
crave attention, affection and love. (Missing Children, 1997).

Prostitution is illegal in Thailand. Nevertheless, like all crime, it exists. Sexual
intercourse with a minor is statutory rape and is punishable by imprisonment. In 1996,
Thai laws were strengthened by new legislation, which significantly increased the
penalties for those caught engaging in sex with a minor. The law targets customers,
procurers, pimps, and owners and operators of brothels as well as parents who sell their
children. The Thai law also provides for prison terms of up to ten years and heavy fines
for anyone convicted of being involved in international commercial sex trade. The new
legislation eased restrictions on the police, making it easier for them to enter and
search suspected brothels and make arrests. The Royal Thai Government works closely with
government and law enforcement agencies in other countries and with international
organizations to attack the problem from the outside. Part of these efforts is aimed at
preventing known sex offenders and publishers of pornography from entering Thailand. The
Government monitors the activities of tour agents abroad who promote "sex tours", in an
attempt to prevent their customers from entering the country. Those who engage in sexual
activity with minors are subject to arrest and imprisonment. The Thai police increased
surveillance of suspected child molesters and have made numerous arrests resulting in
convictions and long-term prison sentences. Information is now given to all tourists
visiting Thailand advising them of the law and the penalties for violating it. The Royal
Thai Government is committed to ending the problem of child prostitution. (Royal Thai
Embassy, 1997).

Poverty is the most important factor contributing to the growth of child prostitution.
The International Labour Organization says that since the Asian financial crisis 2 years
ago, children have increasingly become involved in dangerous and illegal activities such
as prostitution and drug trafficking. (BBC News, 1999). UNICEF estimates that
approximately 250,000 children are bought and sold for sex in Thailand alone. (BBC News,
1997). Many of these children do not see themselves as victims. Ten years ago parents
forced most child prostitutes into it, now many volunteer. The victims are school
children who want the money so they can live what they see as a luxurious lifestyle.
(CNN, 1999)

Japan is the world’s global-leader of child pornography on the Internet. Hundreds of
pornographic images of children flood Internet sites with addresses ending in “jp”,
meaning they originate in Japan. According to estimates from Interpol, 80 percent of the
child pornography on the Internet originates from Japan (see figure #1), that is
approximately 1,200 Websites. In his interview with TIME Magazine, Mayumi Moriyama,
member of the Lower House of parliament and a former education minister, stated; “It’s an
embarrassment, […] anyone who wants to buy, sell or produce child pornography comes to
Japan”. (CNN/TIME Magazine, 1999). Because Japan has no law on child pornography,
officers must apply the general code on pornography, which is unclear, but defined as
including material showing sexual organs. It is for this reason that most child
pornography sites use images that show the abuse or torture of children without directly
showing sexual organs. In some cases, the picture is slightly “fuzzy”; therefore, it
cannot be legally called obscene. This makes it extremely difficult for police officers
to make arrests and prosecute. (ABC News, 1998).

The common explanation for Japan’s tolerance of child pornography is that the country is
run by old men with little sensitivity towards women and children. The old men do not
understand cyberspace, therefore they do not understand how easy it is for pornographic
images of Japanese children to be sent all over the world. Many Japanese high school
girls are willing to sell themselves; the problem is that they have not been properly
educated to make an informed decision. They are attracted to the money; the “going rate”
for sex with a 16-year-old girl was $250 two years ago. Today men want younger girls; a
12-year-old costs more than $400. Two reasons for the theory of the obsession with
pedophilia is that Japanese men feel threatened by adult women, the other is the belief
that sex with very young children is safer. Japan has a polite term for the teen-sex
peddlers: “enjo kosai” which translates as “supportive relationship”, the term was
invented to make prostitution sound OK. Because of the reach of the Internet, Japan has a
responsibility to the world to crack down. (CNN/TIME Magazine, 1999).

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