The Moroccan Ministry of Health estimates that there are around 50,000 prostituted women in Morocco (Huffington Post Maroc, May 25, 2015). A second study conducted by the Ministry of Health estimated that there were 19,000 women engaging in prostitution in the cities of Rabat, Fez, Tangiers, and Agadir (Newsweek, February 15, 2016). However, data from cities such as Marrakech or Casablanca, where a significant amount of sexual exploitation in travel and tourism occurs, was not included in this study. This explains the high difference in estimates. These studies also reveal that 1 in 4 prostituted women do not use condoms, either because they cannot afford them or because their sex buyers refuse to use them. They fear contracting certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.

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