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Children as Chattels Close your eyes Imagine a young girl about six tied to a bed in a brothel and forced to service fifteen to thirty men in one night Imagine this girl living in poverty after all promises of selling herself told of riches Now imagine this girl is your own These are not pretty thoughts but these actions are commonplace in Asia In the February 1995 issue of World I Christopher P Baker discusses his findings in the article Kiddy Sex-Luring the Tourist for Love Beneath the Palms In Asia more than half of the working prostitutes are under the age of 16 many of those are under the age of ten Most people who hear the staggering statistics just like me ask why There are many answers and none of them could possibly justify the sexual exploitation of children Many tourists and locals for that matter think that children will be less likely to carry the AIDS virus which is a misconception It is estimated that 724 of the child prostitutes in Asia carry HIV Many Asian men also believe that sex with a virgin will rejuvenate them and that sex with a virgin will cure venereal disease Many different countries have been promoting the brothels by selling child sex tours Police also keep their information about brothels and pimps quiet making Asia a prime pedophile playground Pedophiles who find the laws in their countries too strict can go off to Asia and find themselves young girls or boys Many of the non-pedophile tourists believe child prostitution to be custom or feel they are helping the children What these people dont know is that most of these children do not keep their earnings Of course the main reason for the child prostitution in Asia is poverty Many child prostitutes are sold by their parents for about 350-600 Others are lured by the promise of respectable work while others are
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