Child exploitation has an extensive history not just in the United States but globally as well. Cultural differences and citizens' beliefs in both the dominant religious doctrine and laws set forth by the reigning government in any given country account for a vast array of differences when defining the exploitation of children on a global level. Simply defined, exploitation is any act or behavior committed with the intent to preserve the positions of those already in power while harming the less powerful. According to American standards, a harmful act committed with intent and in violation of the law constitutes a crime—an act that victimizes both the injured party and society as a whole. Hence, according to the rights and rules set forth by those who ...

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