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Sexual abuse of children, many of whom are then forced to go into prostitution, is a worldwide phenomenon that can take several forms.This is a difficult problem to solve, because in those situations school children go voluntarily into prostitution, and don't see themselves necessarily as victims.It is estimated that, annually, 4 million women and girls are bought and sold worldwide either into marriage, prostitution or slavery. For the past two years in the United States, the government has prosecuted only a handful of cases, involving less than a few hundred victims. There are also special social and cultural reasons for children entering into the sex trade in different regions of the world.Increasingly, children's prostitution is related to tourism. In Colombia, a country plagued by chronic violence, the International Police estimated that 35,000 children and teenagers are involved in prostitution.In the United States the phenomenon is a growing problem affecting younger children, who are lured by pimps into prostitution. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are sexually exploited through prostitution or pornography.
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