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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, many children across the globe are at increased risk of sexual exploitation; in the Middle East and North Africa, harmful gender norms and armed conflict are threatening children’s safety; and Thailand is not only turquoise water and friendly smiles.

Here are ECPAT’s top 10 most-read stories in 2020.

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Dire consequences if the sexual exploitation of children is unaddressed in the Middle East and North Africa

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ECPAT: Proposed Turkish bill legitimises child marriage, statutory rape and impunity of offenders

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Why children are at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation during COVID-19

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Trafficking in Thailand: The demand fuels child trafficking for sexual purposes

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Sexual exploitation of children is an increasing concern across Southeast Asia: New report

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The dark side of Cancún: Child sexual exploitation

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Uganda: Tourist visits to orphanages putting children at risk

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Urgent action needed to amend Nepali legislation to protect children from falling into the hands of online child sex offenders

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Online child sexual abuse material – the facts

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MALAYSIA – What we know about the sexual exploitation of children in the country