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YOUTHS TURN TO PROSTITUTION.

On this Caribbean country's white beaches, teen-age and child prostitutes wearing next to nothing troll the resort areas, frolicking near foreign tourists to lure their attention away from the emerald seas, reports AP (Dec. 2, 2002). Poorly educated and immersed in poverty, they offer themselves for pennies - a desperate act that activists say is helping spread the AIDS virus in the country. At least 35,000 Dominican youths younger than 19 have turned to prostitution for survival, and as many as 15% of them could be HIV positive, according to Mais, a Dominican nongovernmental organization working to end child prostitution. The Government estimates that at least 130,000 Dominicans have the human immunodeficiency virus that leads to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and more than 52,000 have died from the disease since 1985. Unlike adult prostitutes who often work at nightclubs and are required to be tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, child prostitutes are largely unregulated.

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Comment:YOUTHS TURN TO PROSTITUTION.(in Dominican Republic, due to poverty )
Publication:Caribbean Update
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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