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Next week is the national Week Against Child Prostitution in the Netherlands, and to mark the seven-day fundraising event, relief organisation Free A Girl have released a shocking video which gives insight into the realities of child prostitution.

Free a Girl is dedicated to freeing young girls from forced prostitution and prosecuting the offenders, and the organisation has saved 3,802 girls from brothels in Asia. 

The terrible footage was designed to showcase the fact that child prostitution is happening in our world, and that something must be done to stop it.

A word of warning, as this video is extremely disturbing, and includes real footage of a child being groomed, sold and exploited for sexual abuse. 

The child, aged seven, is being sold by an unknown female to a man for sex for $40.00. 

The video opens with a series of anonymous children from the Netherlands, who open boxes to find sex toys within them.

The children show their innocence by guessing what the sex aids are for, with guesses such as hair curlers and rolling pins proving popular.

The stark contrast between these children and the little girl shown in the real footage is heartbreakingly clear. 

To donate to Free A Girl's fight against child exploitation, you can learn more here

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The U.N. estimates that there are three million sex workers in India, of which at least 40 per cent are children.

However, according to Telesur, due to the secretive and illicit nature of the practice, cases brought before the courts are often dropped due to lack of evidence and/or a lawyer that specialises in the issue.

In fact, less than 50 cases of forced child prostitution lead to prosecution each year.

Earlier this month, a new educational facility aimed at combatting the problem opened its doors.

School for Justice was opened by Free a Girl, movement devoted to ‘freeing young girls from forced prostitution and prosecuting the offenders.’

The school’s ultimate goal is to provide former victims with the education and tools needed to become lawyers, so they can challenge India’s failing justice system from the inside out.

The inaugural class will see 19 girls work towards law degrees that specialise in commercial sexual exploitation.

Speaking to Adweek, Bas Korsten, one of the founders of the project said, “these are real girls who have been through highly traumatising experiences and had lives that we could hardly imagine."

He added, “they are determined to succeed in their ambition to become lawyers, with the power to prosecute the criminals who once owned them."

The idea was born when Free a Girl approached J. Walter Thompson, a marketing and communications agency in Amsterdam, asking them to create a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the issue among India men.

The two parties then became inspired to take their idea to the next level and open School of Justice.

Free a Girl say this is just the first step in their efforts to combat child prostitution in India. The movement plans to launch a campaign across the country, highlighting the need to address the ongoing issue.

‘‘The School for Justice is an ambitious project – the class of 2017 is just the first step in our plan. We want all of India to get behind The School for Justice and support our cause – as we can’t do this alone.’’

‘’Ultimately we want governmental support and to build up a robust advocacy programme to push for law reform to make a positive change for India.’’

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