Child Sex Tourism

Gangs operating in the Colombian city of Medellin manage an underage human trafficking syndicate where the virginity of a child is auctioned off to the highest bidder.

According to investigations conducted by a non-governmental organization, gang members recruit girls as young as ten to be a part of their organization. Although some girls are passed around by the gang members, some are offered up as virgins to international sex tourists who visit Colombia.

In an interview with Insight Crime, the researcher stated that gangs run online auctions where virgin girls are offered for sale to the highest bidder. Each online customer is issued a secret PIN number to access the site. Once logged in, the customer is able to view up to 60 girls that are available for purchase. Customers have bid up to $2,600 on the website. Once the auction is completed, the site is taken down and all pictures of the girls are destroyed.

In addition to the auctions, there has also been reports that virgin girls are offered by human traffickers to Colombian’s drug cartels and paramilitary officers. Once the head official and other officers or cartel members are done with the girl, she is sent away to become a street prostitute.

Many of the young girls who end up in these auctions disappear from society. According to the Mayor’s office, nearly 600 children have disappeared in 2013, with a majority of the children missing being girls. Data from various criminal justice departments state that the number of children missing has been increasing each year.

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Source:  James Bargent, “Children, Sex and Gangs in Medellin,” Insight Crime, December 16, 2013.

A report in the British publication Daily Mail interviewed children who were prostituting themselves along the BR-116 highway in Brazil.

An 11 year old girl stated that truckers and other men pick her up on the side of the road and pay her $10 (25 Brazilian Real) for sex. There were previous reports by the BBC that stated the men pay children $5.50 for sex.

According to criminal justice agencies in Brazil, there are 262 places identified along the highway that connects San Paulo and Fortaleza that is a hub for the child sex trade. Based on the distance of the highway, every ten miles of highway will have a child selling sex on the side of the streets.

It was previously estimated that up to 250,000 children are working as prostitutes in Brazil.

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Source:  Jill Riley, “The child sex slaves of Brazil’s Highway From Hell: Horrifying story of how girls as young as NINE are forced to sell themselves for just £8 a time,” Daily Mail, November 12, 2013.

The Justice Minister of Cuba reported that the government convicted 224 people for pimping activities in 2012. Seven individuals were also arrested for abusing minors.

It was previously reported by media outlets that many tourists, particularly from Canada and Spain, travel to Cuba in order to have sex with underage children.

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Source:  Juan O. Tamayo, “Cuba’s Justice Minister says the government fights prostitution,” Miami Herald, October 16, 2013.

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A charity in Thailand states that children from Cambodia are sold to human traffickers for $300 and end up working in Pattaya, Thailand.

According to a report in the BBC, Pattay is  “A sleazy tourist town on the Gulf of Thailand, it has become infamous as a sordid magnet for trafficked children and paedophiles.”

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Source:  Jonah Fisher, “A Thai family’s desperate search for their missing daughter,” BBC News, June 17, 2013.

According to the NGO End Child Prostitution in Kenya, in 2009 there were up to 50,000 children involved in the sex trade. Most of the customers of child prostitution were Kenyan nationals, as well as tourists from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2012, child advocates reported that men were paying around $25 (2,000 Kenyan Shillings) to have sex with girls as young as 12.

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Source:  Naomi Conrad, “Fighting to save Kenya’s child prostitutes,” Deutsche Welle, July 31, 2012.

Up to 150 children enter the prostitution industry in Malaysia each year, according to children rights advocates.

Customers pay up to $100 to have sex with a child in the country, double the price for sex with an adult prostitute.

Source: Mahi Ramakrishnan, “Malaysia haven for child prostitution,” Press TV, February 18, 2011.

Despite its reputation as a haven for international pedophiles, between 49 to 70 percent of prostitution customers in Cambodia are local residents.

The study also found that 43 out of 44 former child prostitutes reported that their regular clients were Cambodian men.

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Source: AFP, “Locals fuelling child prostitution,” Straight Times, October 6, 2010.

A human trafficking report by UNESCO stated that there are an estimated 30,000 child prostitutes in South Africa.

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Source: “Human Trafficking in South Africa: Root Causes and Recommendations,” United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,Policy Paper Series, No. 14.5, 2007, page 11.

The child prostitution industry in Brazil is filled with 250,000 children, according to UNICEF.

According to a report by the BBC, a 13 year old girl states that customers pay $5.50 for sex. The girl said that the money is given to her mother, who uses the cash to buy a rock of crack.

Source: Chris Rogers, “Brazil’s sex tourism boom,” BBC News, July 30, 2010.

In 2009, police in Thailand charged 2,888 people for having sex with children who were under the age of 15.

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Source:  Dan Rivers, “Thailand fights to stem tide of child sex tourists,” CNN, July 5, 2010.

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