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Estonia: Child Prostitution A Serious Problem, Says Official

Tallinn, 16 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Child prostitution has become a serious problem in Estonia, a top official in the Baltic country said today.

"The situation with the sexual exploitation of children is ... getting worse day by day," Jaan Ruutman, a social affairs ministry chancellor, told the Baltic News Service.

He estimated that about 1,000 Estonian children earn their living through prostitution or are forced to engage in it.

A four-member team from the Estonian Social Affairs Ministry and police are due to travel to Stockholm to attend a world conference on the sexual harassment of children at the end of this month.