The magnitude of this problem is phenomenal. The Human Rights branch of the United Nations has estimated that “hundreds of thousands of children are involved in child prostitution and pornography in India alone. Other reports say there are 200,000 child prostitutes in Thailand, and 60,000 in the Philippines” (Lukas, 1996). These U.N. estimates are not accurate because they were taken several years ago and since child prostitution is illegal many of the numbers remain hidden from western statistics. The U.N. doesn’t post statistics with regard to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Indonesia which are all countries where child prostitution occurs. These estimates that the U.N. has predicted, do present a question of why child prostitution is occurring in the first place.
Much of Southeast Asia is comprised of lesser-developed countries where poverty, hunger, and child labor are rampant. Having children who go to work selling their bodies is a deplorable act, in my opinion. Unfortunately this is a cultural norm in countries like Cambodia and many other countries of the region. Mu Sochua is Cambodia’s Minister for Women’s Affairs and she claims that, “it’s become socially acceptable to sleep with young girls; the message is its O.K. Do it. You won’t be punished” (Perrin, 2002). Mu Sochua thinks that if the Cambodian society changed their opinion with regard to child prostitution then girls wouldn’t be drawn into these sorts of situations.
These children wouldn’t sell themselves if there was no one to buy them for these acts, and they would have to find an... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2011, 12). Child Prostitution in South-East Asia. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 12, 2011, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Child-Prostitution-In-South-East-Asia-862838.html
"Child Prostitution in South-East Asia" StudyMode.com. 12 2011. 2011. 12 2011 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Child-Prostitution-In-South-East-Asia-862838.html>.
- MLA 7
"Child Prostitution in South-East Asia." StudyMode.com. StudyMode.com, 12 2011. Web. 12 2011. <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Child-Prostitution-In-South-East-Asia-862838.html>.
"Child Prostitution in South-East Asia." StudyMode.com. 12, 2011. Accessed 12, 2011. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Child-Prostitution-In-South-East-Asia-862838.html.