Children worldwide suffer from abhorrent acts of violence, exploitation and abuse — horrors no child should ever know or experience. Over 300 million of them are subjected to hazardous physical labor, commercial sex exploitation and child trafficking. Others are irrevocably harmed by cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriage. Without basic protections, children are at risk of death, disease, poor physical and mental development, and homelessness.
Without protection from violence and exploitation, children's basic survival and development are at risk. Every day, millions of children are denied their fundamental right to safety and security.
Every child should grow up free from fear and harm. Take action and pledge to help end child exploitation.