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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                

Republic of Hungary

Hungary has made the transition from a centrally planned to a market economy, with a per capita income nearly two-thirds that of the EU-25 average. The private sector accounts for more than 80% of GDP.

The global financial crisis, declining exports, and low domestic consumption and fixed asset accumulation, dampened by government austerity measures, will result in a negative growth rate of about -1.5% to -2.5% in 2009.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


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Underage prostitution arrests

Thomas Escritt, The Budapest Sun - Volume XIII, Issue 27, July 07, 2005

[accessed 21 April 2012]

Police in Szabolcs-Szatmár county have arrested three men who abducted two girls and forced them into prostitution.  The girls - aged 14 and 15 - were forced into a car in the eastern town of Nyíregyháza on June 20 and held captive in a flat.  A police spokesman said that proceedings were underway against one 22-year old and two 45-year old men for suspected violation of personal freedom.

Experts agree that there is no reliable data on the number of minors who are subjected to similar ordeals each year.  According to Anna Betlen, a former Interior Ministry employee who is now an independent expert on the issues surrounding human trafficking, it would require more people, money and time to assess the scale of the problem than the government is currently prepared to spare


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The Department of Labor’s 2003 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2004

[accessed 8 February 2011]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Children work as beggars in urban areas, and also as prostitutes, according to Budapest Police, although the scope of the problem is unknown. Hungary is primarily a transit country, but also a source and destination country, for trafficking in persons, including children. Trafficking in persons occurs from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Russia, and the Balkans to and through Hungary to Western Europe and the United States for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 8 February 2011]

CHILDREN - Child prostitution was not a common practice, although isolated incidents occurred. Severe penalties existed under the law for those persons convicted of sexually abusing children by engaging in such acts. Although child prostitutes are not criminally prosecuted, they can be remanded to juvenile centers for rehabilitation and to complete school.  Trafficking in children for the purpose of sexual exploitation was a problem.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 5 June 1998

[accessed 8 February 2011]

[22] The Committee is concerned about the insufficiency of legal and other measures to address the issue of sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution and trafficking of children.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – HUNGARY – There is very little information about CSEC, although research was done by the police last year.  An Internet police unit has also been established in Hungary to monitor the Internet for different types of crime, including CSEC.

Statistical Dimension of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Indian NGOs Children's Forum

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 23 May 2011]

There are an estimated 500 children engaged in prostitution. (CATW Fact Book, citing "Hungary considers legalised prostitution", 1 December 1997, citing UNICEF)

There are an estimated 500 child prostitutes in Budapest. (Guardian, August 1996, reprinted in ECPAT Bulletin)

The proportion of girls under 18 in prostitution, according to the police, is 5-10% in Budapest. (ECPAT International, Helena Karlen and Christene Hagnen, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Some Eastern European Countries, March 1996)

ECPAT: Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes

ECPAT International Newsletter, Issue No : 33  1/December/2000

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 13 September 2011]

EASTERN EUROPE - Hungary and Poland are receiver, sender and transit countries for the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Romania is a sender and receiver country but Bulgaria is only a sender country. Hungary and Poland receive children from Romania, Ukraine and Russia. The main destinations for children trafficked from and through Poland are Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Many of the victims are boys. Furthermore, in Poland students voluntarily prostitute themselves in Germany over the weekends in order to earn money.

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