A major study confirmed more than children were involved in prostitution across the state, but a detailed report on the issue was never made public.
More kids are going into care, more are in vulnerable situations, using drugs and homeless. Most of the children were involved in "opportunistic" prostitution, but some were formal sex workers. Child prostitution had only increased in the years youny.
When the report instead backed up the findings, it was "buried because it was controversial". Predators are using cash, drugs, a place to sleep or even just attention to entice the desperate boys and girls, prostitutd as young as 8.
A spokeswoman this week said the report was not released "because it hadn't uncovered any new information", with other non-government studies already revealing the extent of the problem. They'll give sex to get a bed, to get food, to get attention, clothes, money and drugs.
Ms McMenamin said the report was commissioned to discredit shocking figures found in non-government reports. Queensland youth groups say they are helping dozens of children every week who are selling sex to survive. caiens
One boy said he had "used sex to live" since his mother kicked him out of the family home. The children were usually picked up on the street or at toilet blocks, skate ramps, shopping centres and parks. Three years ago it was 15, 16, A "lack of both police and community resources" meant the extent of the problem was unclear, but children were known to be involved in prostitution.
Their findings were never made public, but The Sunday Mail this week obtained a draft report which concludes: "Child prostitution is a ificant problem in Queensland. The study prosritute mentioned in only a few brief paragraphs of a Project Axis report. These young children fall through the child protection system.