UN child exploitation expert to visit France

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A UN expert on child exploitation will visit France later this month to investigate child prostitution and pornography, the body's human rights arm said on Thursday.

United Nations Special Rapporteur Najat Maalla M'jid will carry out a fact-finding mission from November 21 to December 2.

It marks the second visit to the country since 2002 by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

"In all countries in the world there are children victims or vulnerable to various forms of exploitation, and such children need special consideration," said Maalla M'jid in a statement.

"During my mission, I will focus on the scope, the patterns and the root causes of the phenomena of sale and sexual exploitation of children."

The expert will travel to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux where she will meet with state authorities and will present a report containing her findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in March 2012.

Maalla M'jid was appointed in May 2008.

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