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Though some social stigma exists, prostitution is legal in Madagascar.Sex workers must carry ID cards proving that they are over the age of 18.
Poverty levels rose from 68.7 percent in 2005 to 76.5 percent in 2010, according to a report from the country's National Institute of Statistics.
The costs of basic staples remain high, while infrastructure development has stalled.
One of the most damaging effects of the 2009 coup was a slash in international assistance -- international donor states did not want to support a non-elected government.
The United States in particular had been essential to Madagascar's ongoing development, but revoked the country's designation as a "beneficiary sub-Saharan African country" in December of 2009.
On the island of Nosy Be, for instance, where fishing is big business, women found themselves turning to prostitution as a last resort when the most lucrative jobs went to foreign nationals."In Nosy Be a lot of women had come to work in a shrimp factory, and when the factory started shedding labor, the unemployed became prostitutes.