While traveling in Madagascar this year, my partner and I spent a week in Nosy Be, a popular tourist destination famous for its beauty and also for... sex tourism. I wasn’t expecting to encounter this issue first-hand, but the industry has become so normalized in Nosy Be that we saw it everywhere. Older european men were dining, dancing and strolling on the beach with young, beautiful Malagasy women. Sometimes the women looked over 18, but often times they were teenage girls. At first, this was a shocking spectacle to behold. As we saw more young girls, often looking bored and disgusted to be spending time with the older men, I wanted to learn more about the issue. In Madagascar, 75% of the people live on less than $2/day, and a woman can make $15 by spending an evening with a tourist. Many parents even encourage their daughters to go to the club to earn money because they need money to buy food. An unreliable source estimated that 70% of women are involved in sex work and half of them are underage. (Remember, half of all Malagasy people are under 15 years old). Although prostitution for women under 18 is illegal and the police prosecute violators with prison sentences for up to 10 years, child prostitution remains an issue. Extreme poverty, normalization of prostitution, and police corruption make it challenging to combat. UNICEF supports local community groups that are working to stop child prostitution in Nosy Be. They are also a highly reputable charity. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. Please consider joining me in donating to them to help preserve the childhood of Malagasy girls, and provide alternative careers those who do not want to work in prostitution.