Mexico prostitution is legal for adults.
Prostitution of minors under 18 is illegal, but such activities are
common and represent a serious problem. Some Mexican cities have
enacted tolerance zones which allow regulated prostitution
as red light districts. In most parts of the country pimping is
illegal. The government provides shelter for former
Child prostitution and child sex tourism
is a serious
problem in the country. Mexico is a destination for international
paedophiles who engage in child sex tourism; Mexico is one of the
leading hotspots of child sexual exploitation, along with Thailand, Cambodia, India, and
A study by Unicef Mexico and the DIF/National System for Integral
Family Development estimated that more than 16,000 children in
Mexico were involved in prostitution (in June 2000);a 2004 study by
researcher Elena Azaola estimated that some 17,000 children under
the age of 18 are victims of the sex trade in Mexico;the State
System of Integral Family Development (DIF) reported that more than
20,000 minors were victims of child prostitution in Mexico in 2005,
an increase since the year 2000.
City’s 13,000 street
children, 95% have already had at least one sexual encounter
with an adult (many of them through prostitution).
impoverished southern state of Chiapas, children
are sold for as little as 100 to 200 dollars, according to human
That area is considered one of the worst
places in the world in terms of child prostitution.
Poverty forces many rural children, with or without their families,
to migrate to urban cities to seek out employment, some of them
also migrate across the border to the US. These children have
little or no parental supervision and many are lured into the sex
industry or abducted by criminal child trafficking gangs.
Child sex tourism
prevalent in the northern border area and in resort areas.
where child sexual abuse occurs most frequently are Tijuana, Acapulco, Cancún and Guadalajara.
The US-Mexican border is one of the main
centers for child sex tourism. Children are sexually exploited
through networks involving foreigners, military, police, government
and business officials.
Human trafficking and crime
Mexico is a source, transit, and destination country for persons
trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual
exploitation.Poverty, corruption and the violent drug war have
contributed to the proliferation of sexual slavery in the country;
much of the sex business are controlled by criminal gangs.
Groups considered most vulnerable to human traffickinginclude women
and children, indigenous persons, and undocumented migrants.
Young female migrants recounted being robbed, beaten, and rapedby
members of criminal gangs and then forced to work in table dance
bars or as prostitutes under threat of further harm to them or
The vast majority of non-Mexican trafficking victims come from
Central America; lesser numbers come from Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador,
China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Argentina, and Eastern European
countries. Victims are also trafficked to the United States.