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  1. Introduction
  2. What Recruiters tell children
  3. The governments attempts at regulation and law enforcement
  4. The increase in child abduction
  5. The children that are at risk
  6. STDs and HIV/AIDS
  7. Child Aid Ethiopia
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

Child prostitution continues to be a growing epidemic in the world. While Southeast Asia has traditionally been associated as the sex-trade capital of the world, the last decade of the twentieth century introduced some African nations as emerging contenders in this salacious industry. As this trade increases, so do the number of innocent young children who are often forced or sold into this sexual exploitation.
While there are several global humanitarian organizations taking measures to combat these injustices, the problem still remains quite significant.

[...] A related matter is the increased prevalence in Child Pornography in the Philippines. According to a 2005 UNICEF study, there is considerable evidence that child porn is becoming more lucrative and available because of foreign and domestic perpetrators who can easily exploit poor and vulnerable families and children. Considered a "safer" from of prostitution, child porn has become increasingly difficult to monitor, because there is difficulty investigating internet crime. Not only are Internet Service Providers reluctant to personal information of users, but credit card companies are also hesitant to provide information due to privacy rights. [...]

[...] The social attitude towards child prostitution in Africa is unsurprisingly disdainful towards the practice, despite the girls' desperate status. Many girls testify that they have problems from their parents, peers, and community members because of what they do. However, the social ostracizing sometimes occurs before they begin work. Oftentimes, girls who find themselves alienated will turn to prostitution for that very reason. "At risk" girls who do not have stable relationships with their families and friends will be more inclined to have different sexual partners, because they will get presents, or even food and drink. [...]

[...] Furthermore, «Preliminary information about child prostitution indicates that 98% of the children involved in offering sexual services are female: of these are between 10?14 years of age. Only attend school. Of the others have dropped out, owing to a lack of financial means to remain at school. Only 12% of these children had reached second grade in primary school, while attended secondary school." (African Security Review, 2001) It should not be surprising that those who are without opportunities are also the ones who are without education. [...]

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