Down to Zero Peru

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a fundamental violation of children's rights. It includes child prostitution, child pornography and child trafficking for sexual purposes. The Down to Zero (DtZ) programme is combatting this situation through preventative and protective measures that focus on actual child victims and on children who are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation.

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The project in Peru works in four pathways: Children, Community, Government and Private Sector. But for the period 2016 -2017 only in the pathways of community, Government and private sector. The areas wherethe DtZ will intervene are: Lima, Loreto and Puno.

This project is part of the Down to Zero Program which is carried out in 4 countries in Latin America. the outcomes in all countries are:
Outcome 1 (children and adolescents): at risk children and adolescents and victims of all forms of csec in targeted communities in the four countries envision future life projects and are organized to speak out, advocate and seek protection against csec.
Precondition 1: children (in particular child victims) access specialized services that protect them, help them rehabilitate, reintegrate and reduce their vulnerability to CSEC (this includes personal development plans).
Precondition 2: children and adolescents identify themselves as stakeholders and participate as agents of change in the fight against CSEC among their peers
Precondition 3: children and adolescents are organized in youth let organizations that tackle CSEC
Precondition 4: children and adolescents participate in decision making within the family, community and (local) government regarding their rights, in particular the right to protection against CSEC

Outcome 2 (communities/families): targeted communities in the four countries have developed and implemented effective prevention, protection and monitoring strategies focused on csec.
Precondition 1: community actors and their leaders recognize their co-responsibility, publicly condemn CSEC, initiate discussions and advocate for changes in values and behaviors to fight against CSEC.
Precondition 2: vulnerable source communities have effective community-based prevention, child protection and referral systems in place.
Precondition 3: communities play an active role in reporting cases of CSEC

Outcome 3 (Government): The Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary - at national and sub national levels, implement comprehensive and context relevant laws, policies, action plans and protocols to effectively combat CSEC, including participate monitoring and social control mechanisms.
Precondition 1: authorities and public servants enhance their performance and improve their results in relation to their roles in the fight against CSEC
Precondition 2: CSEC becomes a priority in the public agendas at national and subnational level and governments design measures to enhance their performance and increase effectiveness.
Precondition 3: participatory and evidence-based monitoring, accountability and social control mechanisms are in place.
Precondition 4: increased budgets and – consequently- strengthened institutions and services enable the effective implementation of laws, policies and other improvement measures.
Precondition 5: regional and/or binational agreements are subscribed to enhance effectiveness in the fight against CSEC

Outcome 4 (Private Sector): Private sector stakeholders (in tourism, mining, cement and sugar industries and the transportation sector) are aware of their role in fighting CSEC, and amend their practices and/or business models based on ethical principles and values to actively protect children against CSEC.
Precondition 1: private sector stakeholders enter into dialogue with CSEC(including children) and the public about prevention and detection of CSEC
Precondition 2: key private sector industries/sectors develop codes of conduct and other proposals to mainstream children rights in their business models and practices.
Preconditon 3: private sector actors effectively monitor the protection and safeguarding of children rights in their business
Down to Zero Peru

Target group

The main focus will be on the most vulnerable children under the age of 18, while some elements will also include young people up to the age of 25. A specifically targeted group will be the exploited children, particularly girls, of ethnic communities. Also CHS will work with government and the private sector (tourism)


All groups: children, communities, governments and the private sector will be strengthened as key players in the fight against CSEC.
With the government should take a bigger responsibility in protecting children. Lobby to make funds available by the government is part of the project. In addition, communities will be strengthened to protect their children. A increased knowledge with children to protect themselves The private sector undertakes not allow CSEC in their work areas. These elements are likely to have a long-term impact.

Goals overview

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- Political space (Outcome)
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