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This whole article is full of weasel words and American (USA) bias[edit]

Child prostitution is not wrong or right. America is the only country where a person could get years in prison for consensual sex with a minor. Wikipedia needs to present this as a neutral issue and not from the insane USA perspective. For instance there are many children that partake in prostitution for discretionary income and most countries do not consider child prostitution a serious crime as opposed to rape. An example of how biased this article is:

"Child prostitution exists in every country, though the problem is most severe in South America and Asia"

This represents a subjective perspective. A more objective way to phrase this is (without using negative connotated words):

"Child prostitution exists in every country, though the ISSUE is most SIGNIFICANT in South America and Asia"

Wikipedia should not represent soley White Christian minority viewpoints. This article needs seriously clean up. (talk) 03:10, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

First of all, new comments are supposed to be posted at the bottom of the page, not the top. Secondly, the prostitution of children is illegal under international law. It is illegal in most countries as well (not just the US), and every country has some form of restriction against it. While there is a debate over whether or not adult prostitution should be allowed, the prostitution of children is almost universally condemned, hence it being categorized as under "specific offenses" under the "Sex and the law" template. Finally, this article discusses the forced prostitution and sex trafficking of minors, not just the "children that partake in prostitution for discretionary income", as you put it. --1ST7 (talk) 04:11, 16 October 2013 (UTC)


I have done a substantial rewrite, using solid sources, incorporating appropriate text from original. The reasons for moving the article from 'child prostitute' to 'prostitution of children' are clear from the section on 'terminology'. I trust that this will be acceptable to others interested in the article. Alternatively, please express your views here so that we can debate. Zingi —Preceding undated comment added 16:23, 18 May 2005.

This is odd... Zingi had put {{date}} instead of a date stamp on the above comment, so it was always listing the current date... presumably an error. The comment was actually made June 6 2005.Herostratus 22:40, 27 February 2006 (UTC).
Thanks for fixing it. Zingi 11:39, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
The comment was actually originally made on "16:23, 18 May 2005" according to the history. I've used {{undated}} to subst the original date. — pd_THOR | =/\= | 19:35, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
I can understand not calling the article "child prostitute," but why isn't it called "child prostitution"? Joey Q. McCartney 01:34, 4 March 2006 (UTC). Never mind, I see the reasons. Joey Q. McCartney 02:02, 4 March 2006 (UTC). But an improvement would be something like "Commercial sexual exploitation of children (prostitution)." Article looks good though. Joey Q. McCartney 02:13, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

I can't edit the intro but this sentence, first paragraphe, needs revision: "In most jurisdictions child prostitution is illegal as part of a general prohibition on prostitution." Child prostitution does not become illegal because prostitution is illegal. It should be "Child prostitution is illegal in most jurisdictions and it constitutes a specific offence both in countries where prostitution is permitted and countries where it is prohibitted" Gustave (talk) 11:57, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Enjo kosai[edit]

Contrary to the rumors that many people believe, there is little to suggest that enjo kosai is anything other than a voluntary and conscious decision on the part of the prostitute herself--for this reason alone, it stands as rather unique within the topic. There are similarly rumors to the effect that yakuza abduct women and sell then into prostitution. Granyed that this has been fodder for countless Japanese melodramas, but again, no proof is on display at yer lokul myusee-uhm. ("at your local museum" for those who are new to the English language--see sarcasm) Sweetfreek 02:12, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

  • Accepted. However, it may be viewed as the prostitution of such children by the 'users' or 'partners' of such children. The crux is that it is usually adults who create child prostitution through their demand for children as sexual objects, even if the children 'voluntarily' agree to that because of the financial benefit. Zingi 05:50, 7 Jun 2005 (UTC)
  • When we're talking about child prostitution, declaring that it is a 'voluntary and conscious decision' seems very misleading. It implies fault on the part of the victim, which is nonsense because however 'voluntary' the decision - which is both debatable and patently unprovable - it is still the adult, the 'client', taking advantage. Onearmkill (talk) 12:06, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Hoooo boy! Alright, Zingi, I've encountered this one before. But before we go any farther, we(you and I) must establish between ourselves a clear and carefully defined definition of the word "child"... and this task I shall leave to you, because I'm a nice guy. Sweetfreek 02:27, 12 Jun 2005 (UTC)

  • 'Child' is defined in international conventions (eg in the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention of the International Labour Organisation) as a person under 18 years of age. Zingi 11:39, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
    • Actually, in England, you can have sex on film when you're age 16. In Japan, the legal age varies, and until very recently was 12 in Tokyo. I don't know what it is now. IamthatIam 04:04, 18 May 2006 (UTC)
Age of consent laws worldwide
Actually, in many countries the age of consent (not for prostitution, where the law is normally stricter) is actually even lower than 16, eg. in Spain it is 13 and in some non-western countries. You can see the exact laws at the map to the right. In general, as one can see, when it comes to sex, a person is considered an adult at an earlier stage than 18 in most countries. -- (talk) 21:08, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

The whole cause of child prostitution is the USA's (& UK's) wage system which IS slavery but no one thought so. Now we can see USA built everything wrong & was blinded by all the empty free land, which is why we thought building cars, roads, houses & small buildings for wages was right, but it was wrong. Now we can finally see that USA & all nations should have begun working part-time building only massive 100-story live/work/play Tower cities connected to maglev Trains to save lives, save the Earth, & eliminate all the work slavery. It would be easy if we just admit the wage is slavery, & employees are slaves, & corporations are slave plantations. And union strikes are slave rebellions. We can't end child sex trade/prostitution by making it illegal without giving all those children a guaranteed income (RFID) so that taking away their means of making money doesn't leave them to starve. Every person needs an RFID GI. Sundiiiaaa 18:14, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

i would like to subscribe to your newsletterTowers84 07:36, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

content needed[edit]

This topic despetdlty needs pictures — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 01:55, 23 August 2005

Definitely! How can we correctly understand the complex issues at hand without reference to pictures of an appropriate selection of scantily-clothed child whores? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:08, 8 January 2007 (UTC).
This is highly illegal in the united states - what are you expecting? just the thought is bad enough — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 02:09, 31 May 2007

Wow, what a comment. Is this a bathroom wall or wikipedia? We could of course add pictures of you in handcuffs, being carted off by the FBI. :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by BWCinfo (talkcontribs) 06:50, 9 July 2007

Where is the info on Africa? Does child prostitution there just "go with the territory" and not need to be accounted for? I don't understand such a huge oversight.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:25, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Intro and other improvements[edit]

I rewrote the intro somewhat to to provide a simple generic definition outside of national and international law. I also rewrote the section that talk about teen prostitutes being seen by some as a separate category. The section had a minor NPOV issue in that took the "Convention on the Rights of the Child" definition and implied it was the only acceptable definition. I did some rewording so as to state to be clear that it's the most common definition without stating that other definitions are wrong, from a general standpoint (i.e. outside the law). --Cab88 21:02, 14 January 2006 (UTC)

3% of 106[edit]

" “La Strada-Ukraine” in 2001-2003, based on a sample of 106 women being 'trafficked' out of Ukraine found that 3% were under 18" - instead of saying 3%, wouldn't it be 3? - Richardcavell 09:34, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

it was 3.18! simple mathematics my dear watson... aussietiger 14:22, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
and are you going to take that 0.18 of a person? i hope there's a serious discount. 15:14, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

As we should all be aware, extrapolations based on such miniscule numbers are not recommended. We are talking about an estimated 10,000,000 children world wide, and to try to reflect this by quoting 3 out of 106 cases is almost certain to lead to wild inaccuracies, and as such, these figures have no statistical merit. (talk) 17:50, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

this pg needs to be reworked[edit]

this is confusing, and the subtitles follow in an odd order.. specific info is ify Chrrea 17:50, 4 May 2006 (UTC)


I added a note that this article doesn't seem to be presenting a neutral point of view. I just redid the section on Terminology, and hopefully removed the bias there. But it still exists in other parts of this article.

Wikipedia is intended to be an online encyclopedia that presents verifiable information in an impartial manner. Even if every contributor to an article holds the same point of view, that should not be clear to anyone who reads the article. The article itself should be neutral.

As written, this article implied that everyone who granted sexual favors for profit who was under the age of legal consent was being victimized by an adult who was profiting from their actions. That is not true. For example, school girls selling favors ranging from holding hands to sexual intercourse has been common in Japan, especially in large cities such as Tokyo, but pimping is relatively rare there. Someone may argue that they are still being victimized, but that is an opinion. Frankly, it is also an opinion that anyone who is working for someone else is being victimized. Even if everyone contributing to this article believes they are being victimized, the article itself should remain neutral

I invite others to examine the rest of the article and the section on Terminology, to help remove the bias. IamthatIam 04:53, 10 June 2006 (UTC)

Removed bias tag, no sources provided from scholarly academics in fields of sociology or psychology to support this view. Addhoc 09:57, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
Bias: I am tempted to remove the links to Andrea Dworkin's audio not that they are not bad but: (A) they dont refer in particular or in general to child prostitution and (B) she is a radical feminist who holds _ALL_ forms of prostitution and pornagraphy inherently exploitative of women. If I see no obejections I will remove them but re-insert them in her biography article perhaps including a link to her bio in the See Also for those that wish to follow this particular line of thought. (I am not a censor!). 15:33, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
One of the audio links refers to trafficing in general (again not children in general or specifically nor are children mentioned that i remember) but if there is a "trafficking article" I will put the link in there instead... 15:36, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
DONE! The audio links are already in her article. There are some trafficking article but not specifically sexual and somehow they dont seem to quite fit. 15:51, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

This article is still biased. It presents child prostitution form an entirely negative point of veiw instead of a neutral point of veiw. 11:53, 11 October 2007 (UTC)
  • So you are suggesting we make an article on child prostitution that doesn't view it as negative? Sorry to point this out, it is negative. It is negative simply being a punishable crime all over the earth. Show me a person who doesn't think its negative. There isn't such a source that exists. (talk) 19:56, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

Just because you believe that every person is steadfastly opposed to anyone under 18 being a prostitute does not justify a biased article. -- (talk) 08:15, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Action to end exploitation[edit]

A link to this wikipedia article and an external link (which I reworded to hopefully make it NPOV) have been added. My question is, does this specifically fit this article? It looks like the group covers a lot of ground beyond the scope of this article. Opinions, please! Toyalla 18:59, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

This article is the same as the one on CSEC[edit]

Srsly! They're the same topic, so they should be merged. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Awesimo (talkcontribs) 06:53, 19 June 2007


Shouldn't there be something about child prostitution in the past, and how our current views have developed ? -- Beardo 13:43, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

"In the People's Republic of China, only prostitution of children under 14 is illegal"[edit]

As far as I know, prostitution is illegal in China rgardless of the age, but having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 14 by a male over the age of 14 will be charged with sexual contact with a minor, which is a more serious crime than raping an adult. (In China, the legal age of consent is 14 for girls)

Source: User:cecikierk 00:56, 8 November 2007

lede image[edit]

SqueakBox (talk · contribs) reduced the thumbnail of the lede image to 110 pixels. This is contrary to the manual of style guideline (Wikipedia:MoS#Images), and does not seem to fall under any of the exceptions listed. I don't assume this was done to censor the image, as the editor didn't actually remove the image, but w/o an elabourative edit summary I don't understand the validity of the reduction. Anybody? — pd_THOR | =/\= | 21:12, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Strange. I removed the image sizing specification per my reasoning here, and SqueakBox reverted me saying via edit summary: "rv it was better before". How so? And in consensus with whom and compliance with what? Reading Help:Reverting, Wikipedia:MoS#Images, and my comments here doesn't provide any reasoning. I ask again, does anybody to include the involved editor have any input on the matter? — pd_THOR | =/\= | 06:23, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Organized Crime[edit]

From my own experience in dealing with the problem of child prostitution in Philippines for some 20 years, and from also being involved in the situation a little in Cambodia and Timor, this trade is nearly always controlled by organized crime and polititions, at least in Asia, cant speak of elsewhere though. Government involvement by corrupt politions in these countries is high. I would suggest we add two detailed sections to this article in more detail, the first being on organized crime in the trade and the second section about corrupt political involvement in the trade. Anyone have any feedback or suggestions on this? Kind RegardsSusanbryce (talk) 23:52, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Please read our verifiable and [[WP:|reliable sources]] policies and then go for it. Thanks, SqueakBox 00:01, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Breakdown of Countries[edit]

We may also want to add a breakdown of each country highlighting some facts, extent, laws, etc. This would make the article very long and its a lot of work, what do people think?Susanbryce (talk) 23:59, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Go for it. Thanks, SqueakBox 00:02, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

ThankYou for your reply SqueakBox. Ill work on a breakdown then of all the countries across asia. Ill leave it up to others on the rest of the world. Kind RegardsSusanbryce (talk) 00:18, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

That sounds cool. I await your work with anticipation. I am located in Latin America, another (sadly) relevant area, perhaps we could collaborate afterwards? Best wishes. Thanks, SqueakBox 00:21, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Are you by any chance in Brazil, Im familiar with the fact that a lot of organized crime involved in the child prostitution trade in the Philippines have substantial interests in brazil in this also. Ive had some previous discussions before with another user on what ive established is the asia network is in fact all one crime syndicate, but getting the relevent citations is going to be difficult. I would certainly be interested in working with you on developing a latin america section also. Kind regardsSusanbryce (talk) 00:46, 16 February 2008 (UTC) Susanbryce (talk) 00:46, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Attention squeakbox, before you try to collaborate with Susan Bryce on staistics, you need to take a look at her onlinepetition regarding Angeles City and then "do the maths". You will be able to see from these that every female in Angeles is having sex ten times a day, the average payment works at at less than $2, and the average female resident is at least raped, if not murdered five times a year. There are Lies, Damn Lies and Susan Bryce Statistics. This is a person that I would not believe if she told me she was lying, and calls into question, the integrity of Wikipedia. (talk) 17:39, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

Undue weight[edit]

The situation of a female being pregnant at the age of ~11 is uncommon. Uncommon enough to be record setting. Putting a record setting situation in an article without adequately explaining its uncommonness, is not giving due weight with reality. Even if it were explicitly stated that the event is extremely uncommon, the image still has no place in the article because the article isn't discussing the rare event of child pregnancy at that age. It would be much more suited in an article like this. The image itself draws an emotional response from the reader in the context of this article making it fallacious in this usage and entirely misleading.

Simply put: one can not neutrally illustrate a topic by one rare exception, no matter the validity of that exception. 20:21, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Make note that this is impossible. Simply put: there are no neutral or positive resources. They just don't exist. Its like trying to neutralize the subject that blowing up the earth is bad. (talk) 20:00, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

An amazing television story on teen & preteen prostitution (in USA)[edit]

I was watching PBS just now, and, on the TV newsmagazine program NOW, correspondent Maria Hinojosa reported on the prostitution of teen and preteen girls in the Atlanta, GA area. I highly recommend it to anyone concerned about this kind of child sexual abuse. The program, including audio, video, and supporting information, is available at The potential for using the facts and figures cited to improve this and other articles makes this a resource worth checking out. I've done a fair bit of reading regarding this topic, and I was still incredulous at the prevalence of underage prostitution. --SSBohio 01:13, 31 May 2008 (UTC) (talk) 05:11, 5 November 2011 (UTC) After watching this video, I don't understand why in the "extent" part of this article USA is not mentioned. Is it because there is a specific article? If it is not, then it really looks like a bias. In fact the entire extent section seems to only talk about poor countries, and never mention any western one, there including most european countries. Since the mayor of Atlanta say that there are thousands of children taken into prostitution in that city, I think that alone justifies adding USA to the list. More sources can be found dealing with the problem in other european countries.

Children's prostitution (work)[edit]

The article defines child prostitution as coerced but admits that some children take part willingly. As "children" of the same ages have willingly participated in prostitution throughout history, a study (article) may be required for that as well. (talk) 17:54, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Germany "Schulmädchen-Strich/Strichjunge"[edit]

In Germany it's not called "Schulmädchen-Strich (school girl street prostitution) but "Babystrich". And it is not similar to Enjo kosai "Pocket money prostetution" like stated in the article but mostly drug addiction related or forced upon them by criminals. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 03:14, 1 April 2009

Suspicious statistics[edit]

The article says "According to Estes and Weiner, 12 to 14 is the average age of entry into prostitution for girls under 17 years old in the United States while the average age of entry into prostitution is between 11 and 13.[4]" The last statement sounds as if it applies to the general population of prostitutes. (1) This is highly suspicious -- the mean of a right-censored sample can not be higher than a mean of uncensored sample (unless it is the male prostitutes' contribution which seems doubtful) (2) I was not able to find confirming citation in the study cited -- but it is a study of *child* sexual exploitation; hence again a censored sample.

The phrase should be rewritten. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:09, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

I just read the Estes and Weiner article and I don't see any information statistics about prostitutes who are older than 18. The study is based on self reported information and this statistic (12-14 years old) is from a very small sample size (170 individuals). Also, I am unable to find the numbers "162,000 U.S. homeless youth are child prostitutes (CVE) and that 57,800" anywhere in the report. It would be helpful if the citation linked to the full report rather than the Executive summary and if it included page numbers of where each statistic is reported. —Teacurran (talk) 03:21, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

In addition to the points raised above, we should also be extremely sceptical about the figures relating to Thailand: 200,000 - 800,000. Several years ago someone was asked to give a figure as to the total number of sex-workers in Thailand, and they arrived at 800,000. This figure was later shown to be a massive over-estimate with most studies reckoning 200,000 to 250,000. But yet again, we see the figure of 800,000 being resurrected, only this time it relates to "underage" sex workers. It is difficult to believe that in a country which has 250,000 sex workers, that there will be between 200,000 - 800,000 under-age sex workers. (talk) 17:25, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

200,000 children involved in prostitution in Canada seems way too high (compared to the US number given of 100k-300k. There are about 35 million people in Canada and 310 million in the United States and both are similar first-world countries, so it seems unlikely that there are about the same number of children involved given their disparate population figures. GAdam (talk) 02:19, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

This article is riddled with suspicious statistics. The most glaring is the figure of up to 800,000 child prostitutes. There was an attempt several years ago to identify the total number of prostitutes in Thailand, and one estimate was 800,000. If you assume for one second that this figure is correct, and that the figure for 800,000 child prostitutes is also correct, then it follows that every prostitute in Thailand must be under-age. I think not.

However, the figure for 800,000 was challenged by just about everybody, and most people arrived at a consensus that the figure for ALL prostitutes was about 200,000. But if this figure is correct and you take the lower figure for child prostitutes, again you have to come to the conclusion that there are no adult prostitutes working in Thailand. I think anyone with half a brain can conclude that this is not the case. I don't know what the correct figure is but I would doubt that it is 10% of the total and clearly it cannot be 200,000 and especially not 800,000.

Whoever posted these stats might want to read: Perhaps most surprising is the consideration of GA status for this, because clkearly these two articles do not support each other46.7.85.68 (talk) 22:17, 28 April 2016 (UTC)


I've editted much of the first section to make it more neutral. The resto f the article could do with it too, but I don't have the time. oOver all, it's very (undertandibly) negative toward the topic. (talk) 07:45, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Are you fucking kidding me? I'm removing the neutrality tag. WLU (t) (c) Wikipedia's rules:simple/complex 01:42, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

Info on Africa[edit]

There needs to be a section added on child prostitution in Africa. I think someone mentioned it above, but it needs to be mentioned again. Also, I agree that there needs to be some acknowledgment of that the statistics used may not have consistent definitions of child prostitution. The terms child prostitute and under aged prostitute seem to be used interchangably and that creates confusion not clarity. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:46, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

This book is cited in the bibliography, but not actually cited in the article. Curly Turkey (gobble) 01:36, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Prostitution of children/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: SlimVirgin (talk · contribs) 19:12, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

Rate Attribute Review Comment
1. Well written:
1a. the prose is clear and concise, and the spelling and grammar are correct. The article is nicely written. A few points:

There are a few examples of words being quoted without saying whose words they are. For example, "In other cases, 'the children end up funneled into the system by their own families because of extreme poverty.'"

This needs a tweak to remove one "often": "often prey on the fact that the children are often unable ..." There are still two cases of this in the first paragraph of the history section.

I would have placed the history section at the top if I were writing this (though if you prefer it at the end, that's fine), and for future reference (not for the GA review) it would be good to expand it. One thing that I think should be fixed is to say more about the scandal and where it occurred: "In Europe, the practice "flourished" until the late 1800s,[90] when a scandal caused governments to raise the legal age of consent."[91]

Also, some more details of Stead would be interesting, including a link to Eliza Armstrong case. I wouldn't use the word "petite" in "petite 13-year-old girl"; it's enough to give her age. If the scandal in England in the previous paragraph is this one, it's better to leave it out until you discuss it in full, unless you're willing to rewrite the former sentence so that people don't think there were two scandals. Suggested copy edit below.

1b. it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation.
2. Verifiable with no original research:
2a. it contains a list of all references (sources of information), presented in accordance with the layout style guideline.
2b. all in-line citations are from reliable sources, including those for direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—science-based articles should follow the scientific citation guidelines. Footnote 10, dead link

Footnote 11: I'm not sure using a back cover as a source is appropriate, especially when they may not be the author's words.

Footnote 43: This doesn't appear to be an RS for the two million figure, or for the statement that "Brazil is considered to have the worst levels of child sex trafficking after Thailand."

Footnote 45: Not convinced that this is an RS.

Footnote 59: This doesn't appear to be an RS.

Footnote 60: dead link

Footnote 62: dead link

Footnote 65: dead link

Footnote 66: dead link

Footnote 69: Is this an RS? It's not clear what the site is.

2c. it contains no original research.
3. Broad in its coverage:
3a. it addresses the main aspects of the topic.
3b. it stays focused on the topic without going into unnecessary detail (see summary style).
4. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each.
5. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute.
6. Illustrated, if possible, by images:
6a. images are tagged with their copyright status, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content. The first three images are fine. The fourth image, supposedly of a pregnant child, should be removed for now. One of the authors of the book the image comes from, Graham Ovenden, has been convicted of assaulting children. The image caption, including the name of the child, is not showing up under Google snippet view. I'd want to see it authenticated and re-sourced before being used, and even then some thought should be given as to whether it's appropriate. The replacement image is fine.
6b. images are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions.
7. Overall assessment. Looks good to go.

Thank you very much for the review! I think I've addressed everything: gave attributions for the quotes, removed one "often", added more on Stead and a link to the Eliza Armstrong case, removed and/or replaced all links mentioned above, and replaced the last image with one of Stead. --1ST7 (talk) 04:46, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing the points so quickly. Here's my suggested copy edit for the history section:
The prostitution of children dates to antiquity. Prepubescent boys were commonly prostituted in brothels in ancient Greece and Rome.[1] According to X, the "most beautiful and highest born Egyptian maidens were forced into prostitution...and they continued as prostitutes until their first menstruation." Chinese and Indian children were commonly sold by their parents into prostitution.[2] Parents in India sometimes dedicated their female children to the Hindu temples, where they became devadasis. Traditionally a high status in society, the role of a devadasi included learning skills such as music and dancing, and taking part in daily service [note: it's not clear what's meant by daily service] to the Hindu deity to which they were assigned (usually the goddess Renuka). The girls, who were "dedicated" before puberty, were also required to prostitute themselves. The practice has since been outlawed but still exists.[3]
In Europe, child prostitution flourished until the late 1800s;[2] minors accounted for 50% of individuals involved in prostitution in Paris.[4] A scandal in 19th-century England caused the government there to raise the age of consent.[5] In July 1885, William Thomas Stead, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, published "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon," four articles describing an extensive underground sex trafficking ring that reportedly sold children to pedophiles. Stead's reports focused on a 13-year-old girl, Eliza Armstrong, who was sold for £5 (the equivalent of around £500 in 2012), then taken to a midwife to have her virginity verified. The age of consent was raised from 13 to 16 within a week of publication.[6] During this period, the term "white slavery" came to be used throughout Europe and the United States to describe prostituted children.[2][7]
Note: I can't find the reference to 400 pounds in Whetsell-Mitchell 1995, p. 36, using snippet view; there's a discrepancy between this and the five pounds mentioned in connection with Stead, so I removed the 400. Also, the "number of laws" sentence isn't really supported by the source (Fine and Ellis) that I can see, so I removed it too.
In the Indian section, you write: " ... parents in India sometimes dedicated their female children to the Hindu temples ... the role of a devadasi included the daily service to the Hindu deity to which they were assigned (usually the goddess Renuka) and learning skills such as music and dancing. The girls, who were "dedicated" before puberty, were also required to prostitute themselves." The "also" reads like "oh and by the way ..." Who did they have to prostitute themselves to, for example? Any fleshing out, even a little, would be helpful. SlimVirgin (talk) 16:30, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
I've reworded the history section the way you suggested and altered the part about the devadasi system. --1ST7 (talk) 22:19, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
That looks good. I like what you did with the India material. Okay, that's fine in terms of the GA criteria. It's a very nicely written and sourced article and I learned a lot from it, so thank you for the work you put into it. SlimVirgin (talk) 00:15, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you again for the review; I appreciate it! --1ST7 (talk) 05:42, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

Someone needs toi check out the Stats on Thailand in this article and compare them with the stats on the Wiki page. Clearly these are wrong on this page which also means the comment on Brazil's stats are also wrong. (talk) 22:21, 28 April 2016 (UTC)


In the section "Physical and psychological effects", the word "condition" is used to describe people that have been infected with HIV, syphilis, herpes, and tuberculosis, going on to state that "these conditions are often fatal"

This gives to me an impression of something of minor interest, something that can be discarded easily. Those diseases however, are quite severe, and as pointed out, often fatal. Therefore I suggest rewording this and avoiding the use of the word "condition" or any other word/phrase that takes attention away from the fact that these are some of the most horrible diseases known to man. Aethalides (talk) 05:46, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

I hadn't thought of it that way, but good point. I've replaced the two uses of the word "condition" with "disease" and "illnesses" respectively. --1ST7 (talk) 06:27, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Formality is nowhere depicted. Although it is one of the biggest reason behind child prostitution. OccultZone (talk) 22:05, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

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List of cities with highest number of child prostitutes[edit]

There's a list of countries with the most child prostitutes, but there's no list of the cities with highest number of child prostitutes, which I think is far more important. In India, appearantly, the cities that have the most are Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Madras, Calcutta, Hyderabad and Bangalore. See Perhaps the same can be done for the rest of the countries ?

One other thing: perhaps we can mention what countries have actually legalised prostitution, and as such have the city officials registered the present sexworkers in the brothels, found in their red-light districts. Seems a major issue (as any present -illegal- child prostitutes are then also found, at least if the registration is done by policemen on the ground, rather than say the brothel owners themselves), and pretty much the least a country can do in the fight against child prostitution, so should be mentioned in article.

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