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Sex workers are amongst the high risk groups. Because of their travelling, if they become infected, potentially they spread the infection over a wide area. This saw condom use increase and HIV amongst sex workers fall from The prevalence of other STIs also fell significantly in the same period: gonorrhoea Togolese girls are exploited in commercial sex in Benin.
Cases of child sex tourism involving both boys and girls along the coast and within the department of Mono have been reported in previous years. A survey conducted in the cities of Cotonou in southern Benin and Malanville in northern Benin indicated that girls are subjected to sexual exploitation , including potential sex trafficking, in these two cities.
The department of Oueme in southeast Benin was reportedly a primary area of recruitment for child trafficking victims subsequently exploited in the Republic of the Congo. Most child victims intercepted in Benin, either from Benin or other West African countries, are exploited or en route to exploitation within the country.
Benin is the largest source country for trafficking victims in the Republic of the Congo; Beninese victims are also subjected to trafficking in Nigeria, Gabon , and Lebanon. West African women are exploited in commercial sex in Benin. Young Beninese women are recruited from Benin by unlicensed Beninese and Lebanese recruiters for domestic work in Lebanon and Kuwait ; reportedly, some are forced into commercial sex.
OCPM reports that traffickers no longer travel with child victims being moved internally or to nearby countries. Victims now travel alone and are met by traffickers or their accomplices once they reach their destination. This tactic makes investigations more difficult. The Act Relating to the Transportation of Minors and the Suppression of Child Trafficking act criminalizes child trafficking but focuses on movement of children rather than their ultimate exploitation and prescribes penalties of six months to two years imprisonment or fines if children are moved for the purpose of labor exploitation; these penalties are not sufficiently stringent.