When we speak on global Child Prostitution, we often speak of the developing countries like India and Thailand. Why? Because we have organizations on the ground in these nations that bring us real stories of the victims. And the reasons these organizations go to these countries is that when fighting Child Prostitution, they can achieve some measurable results by partnering with the local government. But, what if the government is barely functioning. We call this a Failed State. Here is one definition of a Failed State, ripped-off from Wikipedia.
A failed state is a state perceived as having failed at some of the basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government. In order to make this definition more precise, the following attributes, proposed by the Fund for Peace, are often used to characterize a failed state:
* loss of control of its territory, or of the monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force therein
* erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions
* an inability to provide public services
* an inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community
OK. Now, here is a list of the 5 MOST Failed States in the world. The number beside the nation is its movement on the list from the prior year.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (+1)
I think you know where I’m going here. We don’t have good numbers on the Child Prostitution going on in these nations. But, you are going to have to imagine that a lawless state consumes its weakest citizens first. Children are forced into sex slavery or prostitution every day in these countries and their stories will not get told. Children living within Failed States are truly the most vulnerable children in the world.