Sexual exploitation of children is the use of children for sexual gratification. Commercial sexual exploitation is when the sexual exploitation has a commercial gain. Several national and international standards criminalise the sexual exploitation of children. The Stockholm Declaration adopted at the World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (1996) says that the commercial sexual exploitation of children is “a form of coercion and violence against children (that) amounts to forced labour and a contemporary form of slavery.”
Commercial sexual exploitation includes prostitution, child pornography and trafficking for sexual purposes. Although companies are rarely directly involved in this illegal practice, they can facilitate it through their operations. For example this is the case in child sex tourism, trafficking and the distribution of child pornography online.