Good Intentions Create Child Prostitution
From "Economics: Public and Private Choice" by Gwartney, Stoup, Sobel and Macpherson:
Guidepost #6 to Economic Thinking: "Economic actions generate secondary effects in addition to immediate effects."
Pitfall #2 to Avoid in Economic Thinking: "Good intentions do not guarantee desirable outcomes."
Fact 1: Due to Western pressure, Bangladesh outlawed work in garment factories for children under 14.
Fact 2: Somewhere between 30,000 and 100,000 children lost their jobs when the garment factories introduced the age limit, and many of them ended up on the streets as prostitutes.
Fact 3: Working as a prostitute is much worse than working in the garment industry, according to Rasmus Juhl Pedersen, adviser to Save the Children Denmark.
Fact 4: Western companies are so afraid of being associated with child labor that the children are thrown out of the factories even though no one has prepared any alternatives for them. Well-meaning Western consumers who boycott products that can be tied to child labor do more harm than good, according to Save the Children Denmark.
Source: Jonah Norberg, Good Intentions Create Child Prostitution