Milldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1388 times:
ok, something is very wrong here. this seems almost unbelieveable.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Many children who become entangled in the commercial sex industry originally took to the streets to escape abuse at home, according to a study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
The study, released Monday, reported that 300,000 to 400,000 children in the United States - 1 in 100 children - are victims of prostitution, pornography and other forms of commercial sex. Those most at risk are runaways, the homeless or teens thrown out of the house, the study said.
Child exploitation ``is the nation's least recognized epidemic,'' according to Richard J. Estes, a professor of social work at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who was the chief author of the three-year study.
Most of the children in the study were white youths who had run away from middle-class homes. Less than a quarter of the children in the report were from impoverished homes, Estes said.
Many of the children had histories of recurrent physical or sexual abuse at home and ran away in a desperate effort to bring their abuse to an end, Estes said.
The study - titled ``The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico'' - found gaps in policies and services intended to combat sexual exploitation of children and help the victims.
For the project, researchers selected 28 cities in the three countries, based on their size and for being known as having problems with the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Seventeen cities were chosen in the United States.
The researchers examined public records and interviewed about 1,000 children, law enforcement officials, and human services groups. They used previous data and field research from 288 federal and local agencies to extrapolate their findings to the U.S. population.
``This looks like it's the most comprehensive study yet,'' Eva Klain, of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, told USA Today in Monday's editions.
The study found that 95 percent of the commercial sex that boys engaged in was with men, and it found that at least 25 percent of girls in gangs had sex with other members as part of the gang rites.
Married men who have children of their own are one of the most common customers who pay the children for sex, Estes said.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1336 times:
South Florida is a magnet for teen runaways from all over the central and eastern US (and Canada by the way). Kids assume because its' warm here, that life will be easier.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Drugs are usually far easier for kids to acquire here than in their hometowns. Drug addiction, or the simple need to survive, cause many kids, guys and girls, to hit the streets and offer quick sexual favors for cash. It's a vicious cycle.
That having been said, it even said the study sought out areas known for this problem. So the sampling might not be reflective of the entire nation. Still, a kid...any kid...belongs at home with loving parents, not tricking out on a humid street in Fort Lauderdale at 2 in the morning.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
It is probably more like one in a million.
Statistics are easy to manipulate. They probably took a sampling in an area where the problem is serious and extrapolated that number to the entire USA without consideration for circumstances.
That is a well-known way to get data to show what you want.
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1315 times:
I agree with you Jwenting. I believe that I read that they took the samples from 17 cities where the occurences for such things would be ripe. That is not accurate of the entire United States in my example, and I don't like such an ugly statistic being assumed appliable to the whole US.