Prostitution in El Salvador

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In El Salvador, prostitution itself is legal but not inducing, facilitating, promoting or giving incentives to a person to work as a prostitute (pimping). The prostitution of children (those under 18) is also illegal. Prostitution is common in San Salvador.[1]

Child prostitution is a problem. An NGO study in 1998 indicated that at least 44% of the estimated 1,300 prostitutes in 3 major red light districts of San Salvador were between the ages of 13 and 18.[2] Among all prostitutes of the country, between 10 and 25 percent of visible prostitutes are minors, and an estimated 40 percent of the hidden prostitutes who cater to upper-class clients are believed to be minors, according to a UNICEF study released in 2000 [3]


  1. ^ "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices; El Salvador". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  2. ^ Worst Forms of Child Labour - El Salvador: Global March Against Child Labour. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
  3. ^ Comparative Criminology | North America - El Salvador. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.

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