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Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children

Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and any other child sexual abuse material

About the mandate

The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children is mandated to analyse the root causes of sale and sexual exploitation of children, identify new patterns of the phenomena, exchange good practices to combat it, promote measures to prevent it, and make recommendations for the rehabilitation of child victims of sale and sexual exploitation.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur was created in 1990 and is the only mandate of the UN Special procedures system with an exclusive focus on children.
Learn more about the mandate and its purpose.

Current mandate holder

Ms. Mama Fatima Singhateh, Special Rapporteur on sale and exploitation of children © Ms. Mama Fatima Singhateh Ms. Mama Fatima Singhateh (Gambia) was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on sale the and sexual exploitation of children by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2020. She started her mandate on 1 May 2020.

Ms. Singhateh is a trained lawyer with almost 20 years of experience, currently working as an international consultant on human rights and legal and institutional reforms. She holds a master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Hull and has undergone numerous trainings in child rights programming, arbitration and mediation, and legislative drafting. Read Ms. Singhateh’s full biography.

Key documents

25 Years of Fighting the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children: Addressing new challenges
This handbook, produced by the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, with support from Plan International, Defence for Children-ECPAT Netherlands, and Terre des Hommes International. It commemorates the 25 years of achievements of this mandate.
PDF: English

Child-friendly booklet on the mandate
This booklet teaches children how to connect with the Special Rapporteur and how to find out what’s being done in their country to protect children. 
PDF: العربية | English | Français | Español

Child-friendly fact sheet on the mandate
This fact sheet instructs children on key information regarding the Special Rapporteur, including: the function of the mandate, the activities of Special Rapporteur, and the violations addressed by the mandate.
PDF: English | Français | Español

Terminology guidelines for the protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse
This document provides individuals and agencies working for the prevention and elimination of all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children with guidance on the different terms and concepts they may encounter in their work.
PDF: English | Français | Español

Latest thematic reports

Vision and methods of work of the Special Rapporteur: This report, submitted at the 75th session of the General Assembly, provides an outline of the direction that the Special Rapporteur intends to take for the duration of their mandate, including their approach to and vision of the scope of the mandate and the methods of work that will be developed for its strategic implementation. View report page | View document A/75/210

Reflections of the Special Rapporteur on 2014-2020 tenure: This report, submitted to the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, contains reflections on the Special Rapporteur’s six-year tenure (2014-2020), an analysis of key challenges, trends and concerns related to the mandate, and recommendations for the way forward. View report page | View document A/HRC/43/40

Latest country visits

Mission to Bulgaria (1 April to 8 April 2019)
View document A/HRC/43/40/Add.1
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Latest News

More press releases and statements

Archived news
(over 3 years old)

Calls for input

Call for input for the Special Rapporteur's report on Gender dimension of the sale and sexual exploitation of children and the importance of integrating a human rights-based and a non-binary approach to combating and eradicating sale and sexual exploitation of children, to be presented to the 76th session of the General Assembly in October 2021.
Deadline 10 May 2021

Protecting human rights during and after the COVID-19
Closed. Submissions now online


April 16, 2020 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the impact of COVID-19 on children
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Former mandate holders

Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
(The Netherlands)
Ms. Najat Maalla M’jid
Mr. Juan Miguel Petit
Ms. Ofelia Calcetas-Santos (Philippines)
Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn