Child Prostitution

The Coalition Against Trafficking of Women and Children in Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that around 500,000 women and children are being forced to work in the sex trade in Mexico as the result of being victims of human trafficking. 

(Number of prostitutes in the world.)

Source: Associated Press, “2 of Mexico’s largest newspaper groups drop most sex ads amid anti-trafficking campaigns,” Washington Post, September 20, 2011.

Police in the U.S. city of Seattle, Washington found 81 minors who were involved in prostitution in 2010. The number of minors found has risen each year, with 40 minors identified as prostitutes in 2009, 30 in 2008, and 20 in 2007.

It has been previously reported that there are between 300 to 500 child prostitutes working in Seattle.

(See all child prostitution statistics here.)

 Source: Sarah Jean Green, “The Weekly, its parent company face backlash over Online sex ads that exploit teens,” Seattle Times, July 23, 2011.

An estimated 35,000 children are forced into the prostitution industry in Colombia each year.

Source: AFP, “Prostitutes in Colombia unite against child abuse,” Times of India, June 27, 2011.


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.

(Current human trafficking facts.)

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

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740 girls under the age of 18 were found to have been advertised on classified websites and escort services in the US State of Texas in November 2010.

(Additional child trafficking statistics.)

Source: Scott Farwell, “Sex trafficking of young girls could soar during Super Bowl, Dallas Women’s Foundation says,” Dallas Morning News, January 20, 2011.

In 2011, the average age of a child entering the prostitution industry in the United Kingdom was 13.

Back in 2006, the average age was 15.

(Additional child prostitution statistics here.)

Source: Alexandra Topping, “Child sex trafficking in UK on the rise with even younger victims targeted,” Guardian, January 17, 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.

(More child prostitution statistics.)

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

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.

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

(See all child prostitution statistics.)

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

Swedish citizens travel abroad to have sex with children  around 4,000 to 5,000 times a year.

Source: US Department of State, “Country Narratives: Sweden,” Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, June 2010.