REPORT ON CHILD TRAFFICKING LAUNCHED

Permanent Secretary Ethel Sigimanu (third left) with research stakeholders displaying the report. Photo credit: SIBC.

Permanent Secretary Ethel Sigimanu (third left) with research stakeholders displaying the report. Photo credit: SIBC.

Save the Children Solomon Islands has officially launched its research on Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Solomon Islands today.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Ethel Sigimanu says the determination to push on despite the challenges faced during the research process speak volumes of the seriousness with which Save the Children strives to fulfil its vision for children in Solomon Islands.

She says the findings have set the basis for moving forward in a clear and concise manner.

“The research findings have given us the basis for moving forward in a clear and concise manner and as you are also well aware the National Advisory and Action Committee on Children has also been looking forward to this launch because the findings by the research and its recommendations will be used to justify why Solomon Islands should become a states party to the optional protocol¬†on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography.”

The report is the first to look into child trafficking in the Solomon Islands and Save the Children has started its research on the topic late last year.

SIBC News understands the research has covered 13 communities from Guadalcanal, Malaita, Western and Choiseul provinces.

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