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Study: 1 In 100 Children In U.S. In Sex Trade  
User currently offlineMilldoh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1177 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.


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User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

so much for the good old us of a


It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Something tells me the problem exists in Britain and Canada too.


"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

Has anyone heard the song "Wrong Way" by Sublime?
This story reminds me of that song.


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Sad...all these statictisiansinists (you know what i mean) but be depressed and trying to share their "wealth"

i love wrong way, but i could skip the opening line.


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1125 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.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39822 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

1 in 100!?!?

...and I was always told that I was 1 in a million! ! ! !



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1119 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.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1118 times:

I remember seeing a UNICEF publication that said the USA had 1/3 of the World's child prostitutes, a figure three times larger than its nearest 'competitor', the Philippines.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

I got ya beat Superfly, I was told i was the only one! Damn.

User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1104 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.


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