Of all society’s injustices, this is perhaps the greatest: Children in the poorest households are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five than those from the richest. Two regions: Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa known for the majority deaths case happens. Whereas in Madagascar, prostitution among children is common and less expansive business and its considered as "small issue" due to their poverty. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that nearly a million children in Asia (primarily girls, and some boys) are involved in the sex trade industry, whether by force and coercion or as a pragmatic alternative to dire poverty. On the other hand, a country like Spain, prostitution is accepted as common and United Nations study reports that 39 percent of all Spanish men have used a prostitute's services at least once.
Modern civilization is not ready to engage at full force to protect our younger generation ( the most vulnerable group who cannot afford, not knowing how, and not capable to reach a functioning legal system and are easily subjugated by parts of the global economy that profit from it. The conclusion made is harsh in sound but looking onto the fact from a study made in few countries such Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, and Nigeria by UNICEF; children are at greatest risk of exposure to sexual violence within the context of close relationships. In the 28 countries with available data, 9 in 10 adolescent girls who have reported forced sex say it occurred for the first time at the hands of someone close or known to them, with current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands the most commonly reported perpetrators. Adolescent boys, too, face sexual abuse from those close to them: Friends, classmates and partners were among the most frequently cited perpetrators. Sexual violence has a profound impact on physical and mental health. As well as causing physical injury, it is associated with an increased risk of a range of sexual and reproductive health problems, with both immediate and long-term consequences. Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts of traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work. Belligerence against the children is almost coming from the closest people in their life.
Cruelty also happens in places where children are intended to study and socialize. In 2016 alone, close to 500 attacks or threats of attacks on schools were documented or verified in 18 conflict-affected countries or areas. Children attending schools in countries that are not affected by conflict can also be at risk. Between November 1991 and December 2016, 59 school shootings that resulted in at least one reported fatality occurred in 14 countries across the world. Nearly 3 in 4 of these happened in the United States.
Around 300 million of children aged 2 to 4 worldwide are repeatedly subjected to violent discipline (physical punishment and/or psychological aggression) by their parents or other caregivers at home, and around 6 in 10 (250 million) are subjected to physical punishment. Many children are also indirectly affected by violence in the home: Worldwide, 1 in 4 children (176 million) under the age of 5 live with a mother who has been a recent victim of intimate partner violence.