CHIANG MAI - THAILAND had two young girls who became mothers at the age of just nine years old, according to a survey by the Provincial Administration Department.

The survey, conducted from 2000 to 2009, documents extensive underage pregnancies in Thailand over the past decade. Details were revealed on Saturday at a children's rights forum in the North.

Aside from the two nine-year-olds, the survey also said there were eight girls who became mothers at the age of 10, 15 who became mothers at the age of 11, 75 aged 12 years old, 481 aged 13 years old, 2,781 aged 14 years old, 8,999 aged 15 years old and 19,402 aged 16 years old.

In 2008 alone, nearly 70,000 teenage girls (69,387) had children - an average of 190 teenage mothers giving birth every day.

Officials who conducted the national survey predicted the amount of young mothers was likely to increase.

Chusri Chuto, a senior professional development officer at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, said the issue of underage sex and pregancies was just one of many child problems discussed at the forum.

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