Statistics

  • There are an estimated 2 million children around the world that are sexually exploited every year. This number isapproximate due to the hidden nature of CSEC.
  • About 1/3 of the 250,000 child soldiers around the world today are girls. Adult soldiers often use girlchild soldiers as sex slaves.
  • Lowest estimates suggest that over 100,000 youth in the United States are at risk for becoming involved in the trade.
  • About 25% of sex tourists outside the United States are American.
  • In some countries such as Guatemala, children account for up to 80% of the prostitution population.
  • Over 60 million women aged 20-24 were married/in union before the age of 18.
  • Asia is the worst affected area of child prostitution. One million children are sexually exploited on this continent alone.
  • One study found that 60%-70% of child prostitutes in Thailand are HIV positive.
  • The vast majority of trafficked children, of which there are about 1.2 million per year, are girls. In West and Central Africa, nearly 90% of trafficked domestic workers, who are at high risk for sexual abuse, are girls.
  • The youngest reported case of sexual exploitation is that of a 5-month-old baby.
  • The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 13 years old.