Sexual Exploitation

Calls for Group to Aid Child Victims

Thousands of children and young people can be sexually exploited via the Web, including by being convinced to sell sex, and it's seen as a growing problem in Sweden. Because cases are often unreported and help for victims is difficult to get, there are now calls for a national educational organization dedicated to the issue. It would aid other agencies in identifying young people in need of help.

A dedicated organization could help aid caregivers in providing counseling to victims of sexual exploitation. A reporter told Swedish Public Television news a story which helped illustrate the need for more expertise. She'd received a letter from a girl who was told by her psychologist simply to take all her memories and put them in a box under her bed. Proponents hope a new organization would influence counseling methods.