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The Prevelence of Child Prostitution

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About 600,000 children under 18 are estimated to be involved with prostitution and pornography, the average age entry to pornography and prostitution is 12. 1 out of 3 of 2.8 million of kids living in the streets will be lured into prostitution about 2 days after leaving home (“Statistics”). There are few social issues that trigger as much outrage as child prostitution or sex trafficking. Child prostitution is a serious world-wide dilemma, and there is so much more to this issue then just the traditional main-stream information. There are three main factors to this topic, who it affects, where it happens, and what we can do to help.
The sex trade is mainly made up of young girls who were abused physically, sexually, or emotionally before being involved in the trade. According to a study done by Child Lures Prevention “A litany of health and social problems threatens the potential of millions of American children and youth: drug/alcohol/tobacco abuse, depression, suicide, school drop-out, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, homelessness, runaways, prostitution, welfare, divorce, violent crime, and so forth.” (“Child Lures Prevention”) Another more commonly way of being affected is sex trafficking, which involves trained people recruiting young teens and children and selling them to brothels or prostitute homes. A lot of times these kids are even sold by their own families in desperation of not being able to care for them or simply wanting to get rid of them. Abigail Pesta explains the case of 7 year old Sreypov Chan, this Cambodian now 20 year old, was first introduced to the sex trade by being sold to a brothel by her own mother, “She was forced to have sex with hundreds of men before she turned 10”, Sreypov without a...

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