Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

What is CSEC?


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) refers to an act of sexually abusing a child for economic gains. CSEC constitutes a form of coercion and violence against children, and amounts to forced labor and a contemporary form of slavery. Accordingly, a child is sexually abused by an adult for renumeration in cash or kind to the child or a third person or persons. Here, the child is treated as a sexual and a commercial object. CSEC can take various forms like:

  • Prostitution of children;
  • Child pornography;
  • Child sex tourism; and
  • Other forms of transactional sex.

Children are not developmentally, legally, or socially able to make informed choices to enter or remain in commercial sexual exploitation. They do so as a result of desperation, coercion, enticement and/or manipulation.

A child under the age of 16 cannot consent to sexual activity.

Commercial sexually exploited children should be treated as victims of abuse rather than offenders.

CSEC victims do not choose their lifestyle; rather, they are manipulated into it by perpetrators.


CSEC Victims are recruited in a variety of ways including:
  • Targeting runaways

  • Seduction and coercion

  • False advertising for "modeling", "acting", or dancing

  • Peer recruitment Internet chat rooms or other forms of social media

  • Violence and force Kidnapping

  • Parent/Caregiver exploiting children

  • Exotic dancing

Governor's Office For Children and Families Public Service Announcement

Help is Available

If you are involved or know someone who is a victim of CSEC PLEASE CONTACT...

Georgia Care Connection Office

P.O. Box 1967

Decatur, GA 30031

Phone: 404-602-0068

Fax: 404-311-1030