Sunday, December 7, 2014
Despite natural wealth, Madagascar remains one of the poorest nations in the world. That leads to many many socioeconomic problems that Malagasy People must face every day. The Malagasy population has been growing at rapid pace. In fact, it is among the fastest growing in the world. Social exclusion, poverty and suffering can be observed everywhere in the country.
Child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of young children remain common phenomena in Madagascar. Thousands of families face food shortages and incapacity to cover the most basic needs as household incomes continue to decline. Madagascan children clearly represent the most vulnerable segment of population.
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Madagascar is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and women and children subjected to sex trafficking. Reports indicate that sex and labor trafficking of Madagascar’s citizens has increased, particularly due to a lack of economic development and a decline in the rule of law since the current political crisis began in March 2009.
Most child trafficking occurs with the involvement of family members, but friends, transport operators, tour guides, and hotel workers also facilitate the enslavement of children. A child sex tourism problem exists in coastal cities, including Tamatave, Nosy Be, and Diego Suarez, as well as the capital city of Antananarivo; some children are recruited for work in the capital using fraudulent offers of employment as waitresses and maids before being forced into the commercial sex trade on the coast. The main sources of child sex tourists are France, Germany, and Switzerland. Parents sell young women into marriages, some of which are short-term, often for significant sums of money.