Child Prostitution

The prostitution industry in the US City of Seattle has an estimated 300 to 500 child prostitutes working the streets.

Source:  Levi Pulkkinen, “Child prostitution out of shadows in Seattle,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, January 12, 2010.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the average age when a girl in the US enters the prostitution industry is 13.

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Source: Pat Pheifer, “A way out of prostitution,” Star Tribune, October 14, 2009.

In 2008, an FBI investigation found over 2,800 child prostitution ads on Craigslist.

Source: AFP, “Sheriff: Craigslist ‘largest source of prostitution’ in US,” Google News, March 5, 2009.


The prostitution industry in Las Vegas had about 1,500 children from 40 different states working as prostitutes over a 13 year period.

Source:  Tiffany Gibson, “Group rallies to bring attention to child prostitution,” Las Vegas Sun, September 27, 2009.

UNICEF reported that more than 16,000 children are engaged in prostitution in Mexico, with the largest number of minors working in tourist areas.

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Source: UNICEF, “Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse: Child Trafficking,” Page updated March 12, 2007. Accessed: August 26, 2009.

Human trafficking activities in Mongolia creates 3,000 to 5,000 victims of human trafficking each year. The majority of the victims are women and children who end up forced to work in various prostitution markets worldwide.

Mongolian victims are trafficked to countries as far away as Germany, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.


Between 200 to 300 adolescents and teenagers are working as prostitutes in the US city of Atlanta each month, according to the Juvenile Justice Funds.


The average age of a child prostitute’s first sex act in the United States is between 10 to 14.

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Human traffickers in India have such a huge supply of children that the costs to sell a child is lower than farm animals.

According to a report in Reuters, child trafficking victims end up in forced labor conditions or as commercial sex workers by the traffickers who bought them.

In an example of how abundant the supply of children is, the report stated that children who are sold by human traffickers are sold for $12 to $45. By comparison, buffaloes are sold for up to $350.

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A report from Shared Hope International has found that in a single month more than 400 children were working as prostitutes in Las Vegas.

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Source: Associated Press, “Report labels Las Vegas a hub of child sexual trafficking,” Seattle Times, March 25, 2008.