Sexual exploitation of adolescent students in Tanzania: Implication for social services

Budeba Petro Mlyakado, Jessica Chi Mei Li

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A considerable empirical research has been conducted on sexual exploitation of children and adolescents; however, limited information is available in developing countries. This study describes and discusses the prevalence, nature and characteristics of sexual exploitation of adolescents using data collected from 1116 secondary school students in Tanzania. Results indicate that 21 percent of the surveyed adolescent students had had at least one experience of sexual exploitation. Being a female, living in rural areas and being aged above 15 years were associated with high risk of sexual exploitation. This study underscores gender- and locality-specific social work interventional requirements, with emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborative efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1116
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • Adolescent students
  • child abuse
  • sexual exploitation
  • social services
  • Tanzania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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