Prostitution in Guatemala

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In Guatemala, prostitution itself is legal but procuring is prohibited (brothels or prostitution rings are illegal).[1]

International tourists travel to Guatemala to engage in child sex tourism, especially in areas such as Antigua and Guatemala City.

Human trafficking is a significant and growing problem in the country, particularly the exploitation of children in prostitution. Many women and children are brought into the country from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras by organized rings that force them into prostitution.[1]

Children from poor families fall victims to trafficking for purposes of prostitution through advertisements for lucrative foreign jobs or through personal recruitment. Street children are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation.[2]

The NGO End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) reported that children between the ages of 8 and 14 were sold for 750 to 1,500 quetzals ($97 to $194) to work in various economic activities, but primarily for sexual exploitation. According to ECPAT, the incidents of trafficking in persons and the sale of children for sexual exploitation have likely increased due to higher unemployment rates and increasing numbers of individuals living in extreme poverty.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "2008 Human Rights Report: Guatemala". Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. U.S. Department of State. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Guatemala". Bureau of International Labor Affairs. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 

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