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In a study of 222 women who worked as prostitutes in the Chicago area, how many said they entered prostitution before the age of 18?

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61% said they entered prostitution before the age of 18, and 35% said they entered prostitution before the age of 16. Likewise, a 2011 study of 460 sex trafficking victims in the U.S. found that 54% of them were below the age of 18. Another study found that a significant portion of such victims are 11-13 years old.

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