Intervention by the Holy See Delegation at the II Conference on the Commercial Exploitation of Children

Mr Chairman,

Children have a right to an innocent childhood. Children are by nature lovely, innocent, and trusting of adults, yet some of them are today increasingly robbed of their very childhood. They are preyed upon by media, market forces, and people who exploit them sexually. But children are the very hope and future of society, and must be protected and helped in every respect.

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American Baptist Resolution Against Sexual Exploitation of Children

8208:6/99

AMERICAN BAPTIST RESOLUTION AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

One of the most enduring images we have of children in the New Testament comes when Jesus gathers the children to him saying, “Let the little children come to me, and do notstop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Luke 18:16 NRSV).

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