"Costa Rica is a destination for child sex tourism, numerous children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation at the hands of tourists. Erika Linares, a lawyer with the Latin American Institute for Health Prevention, a group that works with prostitutes, said: "Sexual tourists look for two things: impunity and anonymity. Costa Rica offers both." Nevertheless, most of the demand for child prostitution comes from local Costa Rican men; it is a home-grown problem.
Child prostitution is widespread. Street Children in the urban areas of San Jose, Limon, and Puntarenas are particularly at risk. Costa Rica is a transit and destination point for children trafficked for purpose of prostitution. Most trafficking victims originate from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, as well as from Russia, the Philippines, Romania, Eastern Europe. "
These are the children I will be working with in Costa Rica.... Please pray for them and for the ministry with them.