UNICEF estimates that there are around 11,000 to 15,000 teenage girls who are working as prostitutes in Ukraine.
At the same time, the country is also facing one of the worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe, and many teenage girls are becoming infected. In Southern Ukraine, people in the age group of 15-24 die from HIV complications at one of the highest rates in the country.
A charity service that works with UNICEF tested 350 female clients for the HIV virus and discovered that 10 percent was infected.
The sex trade in Ukraine is estimated to generate up to $1.5 Billion a year.
Source: “Teen prostitution in Ukraine,” euronews, May 31, 2013.