Child Prostitution and Sex Tourism

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Child prostitution is not new. But today it has assumed the proportions of a multibillion-dollar industry, with children being bought, sold and traded like other mass-produced goods. Although child prostitution exists worldwide, the center of the child sex industry is Asia, where approximately 1 million children are prostitutes and the number is still growing. Child sex tourism is a significant component in the sexual exploitation of children and one that is expanding. It involves an individual …

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…h in Taiwan, between 40,000 and 60,000 children are sex workers h in China, the estimates of child sex workers range from 200,000 to 500,000 h in Brazil, the estimates of child sex workers range from 500,000 to 2 million h in the Dominican Republic, there are an estimated 25,000-child sex workers h in West Africa, an estimated 35,000 children are sex workers h in the United States, estimates of the children being exploited through prostitution and pornography range from 100,000 to 2.4 million