The mega events such as the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games may constitute environments that increase the risk of violation of children’s rights, especially the most vulnerable ones in the major cities. The main dangers to which most young people face are:
- sexual exploitation of children.
- child labor.
- street life.
- consumption of alcohol and drugs.
- the loss or disappearance of children.
You may be asking the following question: the responsibility to protect children in Brazil is also mine?
The answer is yes. Beyond the obvious ethical considerations on the need to provide assistance to chimdren at risk, the question is also contemplated from a legal point of view. Brazilian law n°8069 of July 13, 1990 establishes that the respect and protection of the rights of children and adolescents are responsibilities that come back to the State, the family, the community and society as a whole. Assist a child in danger is a responsibility and a civic duty.
How do you identify violations of children’s rights?
Sexual exploitation of children is defined by a sexual abuse by the adult and remuneration in cash or kind to the child or a third person or persons benefiting from sexual trade. The most common forms of sexual exploitation of children are: child prostitution, child traficking for sexual purposes, sexual exploitation in travel and tourism, and finally, material of sexual abuse.
Child labor is a form of economic exploitation that occurs when children are forced or deceived to perform duties and assume adult responsibilities. Child labor refers to work hazardous to the heath and mental development and interferes with their schooling by depriving them of any schooling, forcing them to leave school early, and forcing them to accumulate excessively long and painful academic and professional activities.
In Brazil, an estimated 25,000 children live on the street. Most of them are teenagers, male and Afro-descendant. While these youth live on the streets, many still retain family ties.
Regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, it is prohibited to sell, serve or deliver alcoholic beverages to people under 18. Studies indicate a high alcohol consumption among Brasilian adolescents and an exhibition of increasingly early to narcotics.
Finally, the temporary disappearance of children and adolescents usually occurs when parents or guardians are distracted. Prevention activities such as distribution of ID braceltes and awareness on the importance of their use will take place in the most lively areas of Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Witness of a dangerous situation? Report!
To report a situation that may be dangerous for children, once in Brazil, you can call the free number 100. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Similarly, we invite you to download the ProtejaBrasil application. Available for Android and Apple devices, it allows you to make reports and find adresses and phone numbers of the closest child protection agencies in the main Brazilian cities.
In addition, for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Committee to Protect Children and Adolescents at the major events of Brazil implements awareness and reporting sites in strategic locations in the city of Rio de Janeiro. These sites will be accessible on Copacabana Beach, Olympic Boulevard in the central part of the city, the Park Madureira in the North, and Campo Grande, in the West.