A phenomenon called "Hit Me on the Hips" surfaced in Belize. This article was published the week the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) presented results of a study on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Belize.
Through that report it was realized that phenomena was real and that more people have been affirming its existence.
In schools children can’t leave their phones turned on, they keep cell phone on vibrate.
When a prostitution job is available the cell phone vibrates attached on their waistband, or hit them on the hips with the vibration. The young woman would fakes an excuse to leave school and deals with the customer.
Local tour operators and taxi drivers are initiating the events that lead to contact with cruise ship passengers from the reports that we are getting, Judith Alpuche of the NCFC says.
Alpuche says that based on the reports they have been getting they have realized that the incidents are more centered in Belize City. Alpuche says more people need to become aware of what is going on and should also become involved in putting a stop to the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Belize.
The cruise industry is not to blame - The largest contribution is an increase to and from children of social media and communications using cell phones, smart phones and mobile or WIFI devices. The ease of use for browser incognito and encrypted activities reduce parental abilities to properly supervise. Children's access to mobile communications and social media directly increased the rate for child prostitution in the world.
Child prostitution statistics are vague and inconsistent as is natural of secretive activities where data collection is inaccurate to the core. More research is needed with the proper focus on communications that support these activities.