In most countries, increasing vulnerability to sexual exploitation and labour marks adolescence. In DPR Korea, there is no existing documentation of widespread sexual abuse of children and adolescents. Similarly, there are no documented cases of abortions, pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases amongst this group. The tight-knit social organization and lifestyles within DPR Korea minimizes vulnerability from this perspective. However, vigilance is essential, since continued economic hardships could, as in other countries, lead to the exploitation and wider abuse of children.
The tight-knit social organization and lifestyles within DPR Korea minimizes vulnerability of adolescents.
The most significant form of vulnerability relates to the prospective marginalization of girls from or within the educational process. Although not a grave problem at present, it is an area that should be monitored in the future, in line with the observation of the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding the development and use of disaggregated indicators to monitor the situation of children.