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A 16-year-old mother with her baby is seen in a screenshot from an online video. [File photo:]

Several popular video streaming platforms in China have been criticized for promoting teenage pregnancy, after an investigation by China Central Television found videos of hundreds of pregnant teenagers and teen mothers online.

These teenagers, who mostly come from villages or small towns, have uploaded tens of thousands of videos onto the platforms in order to grow their number of followers.

And people are watching: on one popular streaming platform, a 19-year-old mother and her child's father have 45 million followers. A live stream of the couple with their one-year-old child can receive 2.8 million likes.

In some cases, it appears that the law has been broken: some of the mothers are only 13 years old, and China's Criminal Law stipulates that having sexual relations with a girl under the age of 14 is rape.

Because of the popularity of the videos of the young mothers, they are often promoted further by the streaming platforms, such as through the lists of recommended videos.

Tian Feng, an expert on youth and social problems with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that this risks exacerbating the negative impact of the videos.

"If a young person watched such a video once, the platform will continue to push similar content. The young person might feel this is what the world around them is like. He or she will think these abnormal or even illegal things are normal," said Tian.

According to China's Marriage Law, men under the age of 22 and women under the age of 20 are not able to marry.

In a video they uploaded to a streaming video platform, a teen couple shows off their life after they elope. [File photo:]

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What? Some mothers are only 13 years old? Serious? So, that is to say, I lost virginity at least 12 years later than them. But I always sound, or behave, or look, uh, how to say that again? To quote Madonna's most famous song - I always sound, behave and look Like A Virgin.   

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I can't believe you Chinese can have sex with a 14 year old. We have to wait until they are 16 in Au ...

What you say is there are no mothers in Australia under the age of 16
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There wouldn't be many. What I am saying is that it is not legal for an adult to have sex with a 1 ...

2% of all births are from girls between 13 and 15-6 and though the numbers have reduced overall since the 70s there's plenty of school age pregnancies in Australia.

China is by no means special for having an age of consent of 14.  Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Brazil and quite a few other countries have a minimum consent age of 14.  Though there is often a statutory maximum age for the other participant (it varies) to stop mature adults from deliberately targeting kids who are easily mislead.

Age: Country

12         Angola
13         Burkina Faso, Comoros, Niger, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
14         Botswana (Males), Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Females), Lesotho,
        Madagascar, Madeira (Portugal), São Tomé and Príncipe.

Japan & South Korea -13 years
Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), China, East Timor - 14 years.

I could cite many more at 14 years eg: Austria, Bulgaria, Andorra, Albania, and many others.

Many of the countries set a maximum age for the sexual partner of a juvenile. This is to stop sexual exploitation, grooming by adults etc.
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