prostitution itself is not illegal, but the law prohibits inducing,
facilitating, promoting or giving incentives to a person to work as
a prostitute (operating brothels or
prostitution rings is illegal).
The prostitution of children
(those under 18) is illegal. Prostitution is common in San Salvador.
is a problem.
study in 1998 indicated that at least 44 % of the estimated 1,300
prostitutes in 3 major red light districts of San Salvador were between the ages of 13 and 18 .
all prostitutes of the country, between 10 and 25 percent of
visible prostitutes are minors, and an estimated 40 percent of the
hidden prostitutes who cater to upper-class clients are believed to
be minors, according to a UNICEF study released in 2000