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2001-12-20 19:59:25+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Boy, this just screams "Mark Klaas style statistics made up on the spot to suit the argument": U.N. Children's Fund conference claims 250 million children trapped in prostitution. Let's back-of-the-envelope this: 6 billion people, world-wide average life expectancy is about 62, we'll be generous and call "child" up to 18. At just over 14%, my guess is that they've got a fairly broad definition of "prostitution".

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#Comment made: 2001-12-20 22:40:41+00 by: ccoryell [edit history]

You may be right, but the global age distribution is probably heavily weighted towards children. I would guess that around 1/3 to 1/4 of the world is under 18.

There are countries where half the pop is under 18.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:55+00 by: Dan Lyke

That's why I used the world-wide average, to balance out African countries (circa 30 year life expectancies) with the northern European ones. There's still a bit of age bias left in those numbers, but if you also adjust for the gender discrepancy, I'm skeptical.