Age estimation of rescued female commercial sex workers
and male child laborers in South India
AUTHORS : Sudha R* DOI No. : DOI Link. : Introduction: Children around the world are engaged in forms
of work and were forced into prostitution every year. Material
and methods: Physical examination, radiographs depicting
skeletal and dental parameters have been used to estimate the
biological age of 85 male child laborers and 19 female
commercial sex workers. The radiographs analyzed by two
separate forensic experts using skeletal and dental assessment
methods. A statistical analysis was performed to analyze
differences between reported and assessed ages. Result:
33(39%) out of 85 individuals had reported ages lower than
the estimated biological ages. In 24 cases, the reported age
was less than 14 years, but only 20 individuals were confirmed.
It was observed that the 8 out of 19 individuals were identified
minors (below 18 years).