The Case of Prostituted Female Children

  • Bret L. Billet


The prostituting of female children1 has taken place in numerous cultures around the world. Although historically the practice has included both male and female children, the emphasis here is primarily on the prostituted female child.2 Throughout its history the practice of prostituting female children has encompassed a wide geographical spread, consuming more countries than the practices of both female circumcision and female infanticide together. The World Congress against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (WCACSEC, 1998a) maintains that although data are scarce the overwhelming evidence suggests that “children are commercially sexually exploited in every country of the world.” In brief, the practice has occurred on virtually every continent at some point in history and for more numerous reasons than the number of countries in which it continues today.


International Monetary Fund Female Child Sexual Exploitation International Labour Organization Cultural Relativism 
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© Bret L. Billet 2007

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