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UNICEF: Asia Sees Progress In Fight Against Child Exploitation


The United Nations Children's Fund says new initiatives in East Asia and the Pacific are leading the way in fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the region.

Delegates from more than 20 East Asian and Pacific countries met in Thailand this week to discuss new measures to protect children, help victims, and punish exploiters.

They include a memorandum of understanding against trafficking, signed last month by Cambodia, China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

UNICEF says despite progress, a lack of reliable information continues to be a major obstacle to implementing effective strategies to stop the sex trade in children.

It says another concern is the exponential rise in child pornography on the Internet.