Panama – country overview

Country Overview Report on Panama shows increasing child sexual abuse and exploitation reports since 2013, with a 68% increase between 2017 and 2018. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this increase is encouraging as it likely shows increased confidence in help-seeking and may better indicate the real extent of the problem rather than showing an increase in cases. However, a lack of comprehensive data still hampers efforts to assess the different types of sexual exploitation children can suffer.

In combination with a booming tourism sector, lenient community attitudes like this can result in vulnerable children, such as those living in poverty, more likely to be sexually exploited. The report cites recent research with tourism workers who indicated that technology and chat apps are further enabling sexual exploitation of children.

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