A million and a half people were displaced as a result of the earthquake and many young girls, startling reports having their age as young as 8, saw themselves parentless and in need of shelter, food and the security they provide. After the destruction of some 200 tents in the Delmas region, during the start of the Martelly Government, their situations grew even more desperate. The trading of sex for these simple amenities became an all too easy transition for young girls. Absent choice due to their youth and subsequent lack of profitable skills, most girls make the only decision their limited scope has exposed them to.
While it is easy to think that the women and girls in the field of prostitution willingly chose their life and should thus suffer no pains living with the consequences, some show distinct signs of embarrassment for their chosen profession. The very young girls who dress up and paint their faces, who understand they must be noticed first to get paid later, can often be seen, or not seen, hiding in the shadows. There is an inherent displeasure felt in the masses for prostitutes, and the prostitutes are aware of it.
One of the sad thing that is currently occurring in Haiti is the case of young girls selling their body just to survive. According to recent studies, many teenage girl are involved in prostitution for food or shelter and since the 2010 earthquake, the situation has gotten worst. Since the earthquake, many of those girls were orphaned. There are no safe place for children who lost parent, shelter or relatives to go. They have been trying to survive the anyway possible.