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Sex Slavery/Trafficking

Country Data on Prostitution and Trafficking in women and girls
Country Estimated statistics
Belgium An estimated 28,000 prostitutes, about half from abroad, mainly Western Europe. 2,000 foreign prostitutes in Belgium are from developing countries and Central and Eastern Europe.
Cambodia An estimated 10,000-20,000 women and children in prostitution in Phnom Penh, a city of 1 million; up to 35% of them have been smuggled into Cambodia from China or Vietnam.
Dominican Republic An estimated 50,000 women from the Dominican Republic overseas in the sex industry.
Ghana In Accra alone, there are 125 brothels where young girls are forced into prostitution.
India An estimated 10 million prostitutes in India. Around 160,000 Nepalese women are held in India's brothels.
Indonesia At least 650,000 prostitutes in Indonesia; 30% are children.
Italy An estimated 19,000-25,000 foreign prostitutes; approximately 2,000 have been trafficked.
Israel An estimated 70% of prostituted women in Tel Aviv come from the former Soviet republics, and about 1,000 women are brought into Israel illegally each year.
Mexico An estimated 5,000 children are currently involved in prostitution, pornography and sex-tourism in Mexico.
Philippines An estimated 400,000 women in prostitution, a quarter of whom are children. 150,000 Filipina women have been trafficked into prostitution in Japan.
Taiwan An estimated 60,000 female child prostitutes aged 12-17.
Tanzania There are at least 800 children in prostitution in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Singida.
Ukraine More than 100,000 Ukrainian women, many of them minors, have been trapped and enslaved as prostitutes in the West; 1,000 Ukrainian women are in prostitution in Poland.

Source: Hughes, D. (1999) Pimps and Predators on the Internet: Globalising the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. View a summary of the report at the CATW website.