" Another representative from the sex worker organization said that: "People think the point of our organization is to expand prostitution in Bolivia. Our ideal world is one free of the economic desperation that forces women into this business." Most children forced into prostitution come from the lower social classes and from broken families.
Only 12.6% of these children have any education, leaving them with few opportunities.
Finally, there is a form of “hidden” prostitution, which can involve children as young as 8 years, often in exchange for drugs or some kind of treat or toy.
During the day, these children stay in the street often working as street vendors, domestic servants or waitresses.
The country is also a source for victims trafficked for sexual exploitation to Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Spain, and the United States.
Peruvians are fun, open-minded and generally very good looking.
The problem of child prostitution is exacerbated by poorly enforced laws and by rare and ineffective police raids.
However, recently, more efforts have been done to address this problem; in 2008, the police raided several brothels and rescued 215 children who were working there.
Citizens demanded that brothels and bars be located at least 3,200 feet away from schools.
Economic and social problems create a climate which is favorable to human trafficking.
Young Bolivian women and girls are trafficked from rural to urban areas for commercial sexual exploitation; Faced with extreme poverty, many citizens become economic migrants, and some are victimized by traffickers and forced into prostitution, both inside and outside Bolivia.
The municipal government responded by closing all brothels within 1,600 feet of schools, but took no action against those who had attacked the prostitutes.
"We are Bolivia's unloved," said Yuly Perez, vice-president of ONAEM, the Bolivian sex workers' union, "If we don't work, who's going to feed our kids?