According to estimates, more than a million children in Asia have been forced into prostitution. Aid organisations have counted more that 150,000 under-age prostitutes in Thailand alone. A further 400,000 minors in India and about 100,000 in the Philippines have suffered the same fate. Aids is a grave problem in many regions of Asia (especially in Thailand, Cambodia and India). Surveys suggest that more than half the under-age prostitutes on the continent are HIV-positive.
If you witness a case of child abuse while you are on holiday abroad you should report this to the tour organiser, the tour guide, and/or the hotel manager. Your embassy and local representatives of non-government organisations also follow up cases reported to them.
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