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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, E/CN.4/2004/9, 5 January 2004

L. Groups discriminated against and exposed to higher risks

118. Some groups are exposed to greater risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation. This is due to different factors and depends on the economic and sociocultural contexts. Those children who are generally more exposed include those belonging to ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples, those living in extreme poverty, street children, migrants, homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender children. Social exclusion and discrimination are the underlying causes of the higher degree of risk that some groups face vis-à-vis CSEC [Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children].

124. Up to 50 per cent of homeless children in Los Angeles, California, identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual and have been forced onto the streets because of homophobia in their homes, schools and communities. They come from all corners of the world. (…)

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