Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Boys
Research on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys: Findings, ethical considerations and methodological challenges - UNICEF DATA
Published in April 2020 by Unicef, this concise literature review includes data from global studies carried out over the last 20 years. It explores the magnitude, causes, risk factors and consequences of the sexual exploitation of boys, and the ethical and methodological challenges of research on this topic. If you are planning to develop your own research, or seeking funds and need to provide evidence to donors of the importance and relevance of this work, or just wanting to learn more - this is a very useful document.
Sexual Exploitation of Children in Africa: A Silent Emergency (2019)
An accessible report which summarises key data and issues relating to vulnerabilities, prevalence, driving factors, legal and policy contexts - providing recommendations. Limited in its inclusion of data and information related to boys, which identifies the need for more research.
A Global Review Of Existing Literature On The Sexual Exploitation Of Boys (2021)
This global systematic review explored the published and grey literature about the sexual exploitation of boys. Findings from 69 qualifying publications from 37 countries around the world are reviewed. The report presents common characteristics across the studies of boys’ experiences.
‘On My Own’: the Exploitation of Street-involved Children on the Rapidly Changing Thai-Cambodian Border
This paper draws on primary data gathered among children living and working on the street along the Thai-Cambodian border in Poipet (Cambodia). The study finds gender to be a considerable risk factor for street-involved children, with boys twice as likely as girls to disclose experiences of physical violence, and four times as likely to disclose experiences of sexual violence. The paper considers gender-based factors leading to their vulnerability to violence.
"I Want to be Brave": A Baseline Study on the Vulnerabilities of Street-Working Boys in Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Influential research, written in an accessible style, focusing on exploring the lived experiences and vulnerabilities of street living boys in Cambodia. For those interested in carrying out research, it provides an ethical and replicable model on which to base your own work. Useful for service providers as it explores important issues related to gender, vulnerabilities, the impacts of abuse and makes important recommendations to inform the development of programmes.
“Boys Are Like Gold”: The Gendered Differences in Sexual Violence Against Street-Involved Children in Southwest Cambodia
This paper reflects on the expanded findings of the above listed research (“I Want To Be Brave”), which includes the voices of both male and female street involved children. Written from a more academic perspective, the paper adds expanded gender analysis and places the findings in Kampong Som (a province in Cambodia) within the broader context of existing regional knowledge and research.
"There is Always Violence": An Exploratory Study of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Street-Involved Children
Explores the lived experiences and vulnerabilities of street-involved children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and explores many of the gendered differences between boys and girls. It provides an ethical and replicable model of child participation in the Cambodian context. Useful for service providers as it explores important issues related to gender, vulnerabilities, the impacts of abuse and makes important recommendations to inform programme development.
No Other Choice: A Baseline Study on the Vulnerabilities of Males in the Sex Trade in Chiang Mai, Thailand
This research partners with a specialist NGO in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand to explore a baseline of information on the experiences and vulnerabilities of boys and young men in the sex trade. Due to its location, Chiang Mai is a common destination for Thai, Burmese, and other ethnic minority groups who migrate for economic reasons. The paper explores these dynamics in an accessible style and provides an ethical and replicable model of child participation for the Northern Thai context.
They Shamed Me: An Exploratory Study on the Vulnerabilities of Street-Involved Boys to Sexual Exploitation in Manila, Philippines
Partnering with local community-based NGOs, this research explores the lived experiences and vulnerabilities of street-involved children in Manila, Philippines. It provides an ethical and replicable model of child participation in the Philippine context. Useful for service providers as it explores important issues related to gender, vulnerabilities, the impacts of abuse, and makes important recommendations to support development of gender informed programmes.
I thought it could never happen to boys: The sexual exploitation and abuse of boys in Cambodia. An exploratory study.
This seminal work was the first qualitative in-depth study of its kind in Cambodia, and laid the foundation for the development of a unique learning curricula, provision of male sensitive services, and further research in Cambodia and the region. Provides and number of accessible and actionable recommendations and describes an ethical learning and capacity development model that is replicable elsewhere.