Prostitution in Argentina

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In Argentina, prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) is legal, but organized prostitution (brothels, prostitution rings, pimping) is illegal.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The 2008 Human Rights Report of the US Department of State stated that trafficking of women to and within the country for prostitution was a problem.[7] At the beginning of the 20th century, Jews were very much involved in pimping in Argentina.[8][9][10]

According to ECPAT International, in 1999 child prostitution was increasing and the average age of prostituted children was decreasing. Many child prostitutes in Argentina are trafficked to urban centres from rural areas or are trafficked from neighboring countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, and Uruguay, and other countries such as Colombia, Dominican Republic, Russia, Venezuela, Romania and Haiti.[11][12][13][14]

The Association of Women Sex Workers in Argentina in Action for Our Rights (AMMAR) is a major organization fighting for sex worker rights.[15][16]


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