Child Prostitution

When children are trafficked for sexual exploitation, most – if not all – of them end up in prostitution. Because there is a demand and because children are cheaper to acquire and traffic than adults, the lure of greater profits motivates traffickers to carry on with their sinister deeds.

Children trafficked for prostitution often end up imprisoned in rooms, watched by armed guards, starved, beaten and raped by their own recruiters/captors. Children have to bear everything customers do to their bodies, even endure sadomasochistic or violent sex. Addiction to drugs and alcohol becomes an escape to numb the pain of physical injuries inflicted by repeated and forced sex, and to quell their feelings of nausea from the forced intake of body parts and secretions. Taken from this angle, the labeling of children as ‘prostitutes’ is regarded as an injustice to the children, as it linguistically reinforces the view of children as sex offenders, rather than as victims of sexual abuse.

UNICEF estimates that every year 1-2 million children under 18 are exploited sexually in prostitution. In Asia alone, the number comes close to 1 million. The number of children who work in prostitution is largest in India (400-500,000) and in Thailand (200,000).

Read more about Child Prostitution at:

Child Prostitution
http://raisetheirvoice.wordpress.com/30-days-of-prayer-for-the-voiceless/child-prostitution

Prostitution Facts
http://www.rapeis.org/activism/prostitution/prostitutionfacts.html

Child Prostitution in the Philippines
http://www.slideshare.net/itzsindeeeedx/child-prostitution-in-the-philippines

Child Prostitution in India
http://www.pucl.org/from-archives/Child/prostitution.htm

Statistics of Prostitution
https://www.wearethorn.org/child-trafficking-statistics/