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The National Child Protection Authority is closely monitoring the tourism sector with regard to reports of commercial sexual exploitation of children and would submit a report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The CRC monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Child rights activists had earlier raised concerns over frequent reports of the commercial sexual exploitation of children
especially by foreign nationals.

Deputy Chairman of the Authority, Sajeeva Samaranayake said that such reports had been brought to the notice of the NCPA and that they were closely studying the situation.

Meanwhile, data collated by the Authority revealed that for 2016, there had been 10,732 reported cases of child abuse of which 433 constitute sexual assaults on children and minors. Some 2,317 cases involved physical violence on children and 1,463 cases were of children being deprived of education.

The total figure for 2015 was 10,315 cases.

(RL J)