Child Prostitution

Around 120,000 women and children are trafficked in the Balkan countries of Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia each year, according to the International Organisation of Migration. The victims of human trafficking work in the prostitution industry, forced into arraigned marriages, work as slaves in houses and agriculture fields, while the children are forced to be beggars on the streets.

The Red Cross states that people who are already in at-risks populations are targets of human trafficking in the region. This includes refugees in camps, children without parents and people facing economic challenges.

(Victims of human traffickers and their prices.)

Source:  Ivana Jovanovic, “Balkan countries join effort in battle against human trafficking,” SETimes, November 15, 2012.

There are an estimated 200,000 minors in South Korea who have runaway from home. 60 percent of these youths are females.

In a survey conducted by the South Korean government, nearly half of the runaways surveyed have worked as an underage prostitute.

One 14 year old girl was quoted as saying that she charged $275 to an older man to have sex with him. She advertised herself on a popular online forum where she met the man.

(Prostitution prices on the black market.)

Source:  Jennifer Chang, “South Korea’s runaway teen prostitution,” Al Jazeera, November 7, 2012.

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Between 1994 and 2012, the Metro Police in Las Vegas, Nevada has investigated 2,200 children who were victims of sex trafficking. Half of the victims encountered by police were from Nevada. The youngest victim encountered by police was a pregnant 13 year old girl.

In 2011, the police investigated 131 cases of juvenile prostitution, with 74 percent of the girls being from Nevada.

Source:  Jackie Valley, “Sex trafficking of children: Las Vegas’ deep, dark secret,” Las Vegas Sun, November 1, 2012.


In 2011, the National Task Force Against Human Trafficking in Indonesia officially recorded 435 children who were trafficked in the country.

Non-governmental organizations estimate that between 40,000 to 70,000 children in Indonesia are involved in pornography, prostitution or trafficking within the country.

In 2012, of the 129 children officially reported missing in the country, 27 are believed to have been kidnapped after meeting their abductors on Facebook.

(Human traffickers and the profits they make.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls,” Yahoo Finance, October 29, 2012.

Various anti-human trafficking organizations and media reports have stated that 100,000 to 300,000 children fall victim to sex trafficking each year. For example, the President of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children stated the figure in an interview with USA Today in 2011.

The figure is incorrect. According to a report in the Christian Science Monitor, the figures originally was stated in a 2001 study published by the University of Pennsylvania called “The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.” In the study, the figures refer to the number of at-risk children who could become victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

The authors of the study highlighted this point in their report:

The numbers presented in these exhibits do not, therefore, reflect the actual number of cases of the CSEC in the United States but, rather, what we estimate to be the number of children “at risk” of commercial sex- ual exploitation.

The sentence was underlined for emphasis in the original study.

Source:  Stephanie Hanes, “Human trafficking: a misunderstood global scourge,” Christian Science Monitor, September 9, 2012.

Study source:  Richard J. Estes and Neil Alan  Weiner, “The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children In the U. S., Canada and Mexico,” Executive Summary, September 19, 2001, revised February 20, 2002, page 10.

The number of cases handled by the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego increased by 545 percent of a six year time span. In 2005, the office filled fewer than 6 cases in federal court involving underage prostitution and pornography. In 2011, the office filled 71 cases.

According to court documents, a 17 year old girl made up to $6,000 a week while being forced to work as a prostitute.

Source:  Greg Moran, “Child sex trafficking, pornography cases up 545% ,” San Diego Union Tribune, August 23, 2012.

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.

(More child prostitution statistics.)

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

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Between 16,000 to 25,000 girls and women are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in the US City of Chicago. One third of these females enter the sex trade at the age of 15, and 62 percent became prostitutes before the age of 18. According to NGOs in the city, over 6,000 at-risk children are victims of human trafficking in Cook County each year.

(More United States Security Threats.)

Source:  Daniel P. Smith, “Punishing the Perps: Sex Trafficking in Chicago,” Today’s Chicago Women, accessed on May 11, 2012.

An estimated 40,000 to 70,000 children fall victim to human trafficking in Indonesia each year, according to EPCAT Indonesia.

30 percent of the women who are involved in prostitution in Indonesia are under the age of 18.

Source:  “INDONESIA: Missing children raise trafficking concerns,” IRIN, April 9, 2012.

Up to 60 percent of the prostitutes in Mali work as street prostitutes, with the remaining 40 percent working in brothels. There are reports that girls as young as 12 are working as street prostitutes in Mali.

Statistics show that children of prostitutes in the country have a 80 percent chance of ending up in the industry as well.

The price for a sex act with a prostitute in Mali is reported to be $2 (1000 CFA).

(More sex prices with prostitutes.)

Source: Katja Remane, “Preventing teenage prostitution in Mali,” Swissinfo, September 26, 2011.

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