Child Trafficking Essay

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In 1909, Ellen Key claimed that the 20th century would be the century of the child. She visualised a world where children would take their rightful place alongside adults, as full and equal participants in society (Key, 1909). However, towards the end of the twentieth century, a universal sense that the social order was fragmented under the pressure of rapid economic, social and technological change, in other words the emergence of globalisation, which affected childhood and in particularly the distinction between children and adults (Prout, 2005). But it wasn’t until the mid-80s that the sociology of childhood grew out of dissatisfaction with the general neglect of children within ...view middle of the document...

Children's rights are part of a wider body of human rights and have been codified in the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989, which takes into account economic, social, political and cultural rights. A popular categorisation among children's rights advocates and CRC is the three Ps: rights to protection, provision and participation. In addition, the CRC Committee has grouped a number of articles under the heading of special protection (art 32-36); "to hold guarantees for all children against certain risks such as economic exploitation, sexual exploitation and abuse, sale and trade or any other form of exploitation" (Vandenhole, Vranken & De Boyser, 2010).
The two approaches to the socialisation of childhood are defined as, one that deals with children as agents and participants in society and the other that deals with the question of childhood as a social structure (Corsario 1997, Prout 2005). Participation and agency relates to children’s activity and agency being recognised and children being treated with dignity and respect. Also, principles of child participation can be applied to the government policies and laws that affect children’s lives. When these theories are applied to Nepalese children, in the context of ICA, it’s clear that whilst these may sound like fine ideals their implementation, at least in practice, are obviously constrained by children’s status as a relatively powerless group within society, whose lives are defined by the choices made by adults on their behalf. Children may be active members of the society but cannot be agents or produce their locality or society on their own choosing as they are constrained by the culture’s social, economic and political contexts as well as adult behaviours (Montgomery, Burr & Woodhead, 2003). In addition, as Mayall and Alanen (2002) explain, children living in a subsistence economy may be unused to being asked their opinion but taught to be obedient and respectful, like children in schools may be used to learning what they are told rather than participating in the construction of knowledge. In general, children are the most vulnerable section of society because unlike adults are not able to articulate their specific needs, wants and opinions and always face the risk of being exploited. This is especially true in developing countries, where the level of awareness towards human rights is basically non-existent. Child labour, sexual harassment and trafficking of children have remained as the major barriers for all developing countries such as Nepal. Therefore, as stated by Mayall (2000), in order to understand the social order, consideration of all member and social groups should be taken into account. Children as a minority group have the right to be heard and their views taken into account but it’s only working towards better understanding of the social condition of childhood that a firm basis for working towards implementation of children rights will...

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