Underage Prostitution in Chicago

Between 16,000 to 25,000 girls and women are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in the US City of Chicago. One third of these females enter the sex trade at the age of 15, and 62 percent became prostitutes before the age of 18. According to NGOs in the city, over 6,000 at-risk children are victims of human trafficking in Cook County each year.

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Source:  Daniel P. Smith, “Punishing the Perps: Sex Trafficking in Chicago,” Today’s Chicago Women, accessed on May 11, 2012.