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ALVAREZ NIETO, Carmen; LINARES ABAD, Manuel; GRANDE GASCON, Mª Luisa  and  LUQUE MONTILLA, Rosa. The sexual exploitation of children in the city of Bucaramanga: analysis and proposals for social and health care intervention. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.38, pp.118-127. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: To strengthen the institutional offer for the prevention and treatment of the problem of sexual exploitation of children in the city of Bucaramanga (Colombia). Method: We performed a qualitative research under an action research approach and a purposive sampling: 6 focus groups and 10 in-depth interviews with different actors involved in children commercial sexual exploitation. Results: The perception of sexual exploitation of children as a form of work on the part of the victims makes difficult to recognize the situation as a human rights violation. Education, sexual and reproductive health, and protection from institutional sectors are the major weaknesses that would need to face it for the prevention and care of the problem. Conclusion: The poverty environment together with androcentric patriarchal culture, promote the sexual exploitation of children in the city of Bucaramanga. It need prioritize in public agenda to resources for care and prevention of sexual exploitation of children by emphasizing the social and health dimensions.

Keywords : sexual health; child sexual abuse; sexual and reproductive rights; qualitative research; nursing.

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