A misconception that boys do not suffer intimacyual abuse as much as girls has resulted in a large number of boys working as intimacy workers.
A 19 year old activist against commercial intimacyual exploitation of children, Rusiru Tharindra Abeyasinghe, said that one of the main reasons for a large proportion of boys working as intimacy workers was the mistaken notion that only girls can be intimacyually abused.
Sri Lanka , he said has an estimated figure of between 10,000 and 30,000, child intimacy workers
Abeyasinghe , has over the last two years been actively engaged in promoting youth to youth activities with a view to preventing youth falling into commercial intimacyual exploitation.
`Commercial intimacyual exploitation is a parasite that is eating away our peers and should be permanently flushed out of our country.We the youth of this country are committed to wiping out this menace.`
Chair person of the National Child Protection Authority,Dr. Hiranthi Wijemanne said that shyness, stigmatization, fear and shame cause many children and families in Sri Lanka to suffer silently.
`It is well known that most violations of childrens rights occur at home by close family members. Abuse occurs at all levels of the social strata. It crosses ethnic and religious boundaries. It also occurs in schools.`
Wijemanne, said that abuse could be prevented to a great extent by setting up a comprehensive data collection system,improve the birth registration system, enforce effective child friendly laws and build capacity of parents, families and communities,
She, said that special initiatives should also be taken to address rights of children affected by armed conflicts and those with special needs, promote media and civil society participation and empower children themselves.