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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                 

The United States of America (USA)

The US has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world, with a per capita GDP of $48,000. In this market-oriented economy, private individuals and business firms make most of the decisions, and the federal and state governments buy needed goods and services predominantly in the private marketplace.

The onrush of technology largely explains the gradual development of a "two-tier labor market" in which those at the bottom lack the education and the professional/technical skills of those at the top and, more and more, fail to get comparable pay raises, health insurance coverage, and other benefits.

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Since 1975, practically all the gains in household income have gone to the top 20% of households.

Long-term problems include inadequate investment in economic infrastructure, rapidly rising medical and pension costs of an aging population, sizable trade and budget deficits, and stagnation of family income in the lower economic groups.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Teen Prostitution in America

David Rosen, CounterPunch, August 2 / 3, 2008

[accessed 9 August 2011]

[accessed 17 November 2016]

It points-out that “the vast majority of youth involved in prostitution are girls, although some service providers see an increase in the number of boys.”  It notes that the average age most girls get involved in prostitution is at 14-years and the median age of involvement is 15.5-years.   However, it reports child prostitutes being picked up by police at only 11 or 12-years and even 9-years of age.  It stresses that child prostitutes come from throughout the country, inner-cities, suburbs and small-towns, and from all walks-of-life.  But it notes, “larger cities are more likely to have a higher proportion of boys involved in prostitution”.  [Department of Justice, NIS-MART, 2002]

There is a second, and apparently growing, form of prostitution that is apparently “voluntary” and involves the exchange of “favors” like dope, money or other presents.  A study by Jessica Edwards, of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, found that an estimated 650,000 American teenagers exchange sex for favors.  More surprising, more boys were likely to sell themselves than girls. 

Cops shift focus, treat child prostitutes as victims

Kamika Dunlap, The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, 04/23/2008

[accessed 9 August 2011]

CHANGED BY TECHNOLOGY - Police are finding the business of prostitution is much more sophisticated than it was a decade ago.  Technology, the Internet, and cell phones have all changed the game. Pimps now use technology to sell girls as young as 11 or 12 for sex on the Internet and on the street.  "The younger the girls, the more protected by the pimp," Wiley said.

When children are arrested on the street, typically their pimps are watching from nearby, making it difficult for police to go after them because the No. 1 rule of prostitution is to "never give up your pimp," Saleda said.  Some prostitutes answer to a "bottom bitch," or a senior girl tasked with disciplining, training and collecting money.  "They are the buffer between the pimp and the girls, which makes it harder to bring a case against a pimp," Saleda said.  Many girls are manipulated and forced into prostitution by their pimps who provide them with a replacement family for the troubled homes they come from. Other "guerrilla pimps" rape and beat the girls before putting them on the street.  "No one wakes up in the morning and says, 'I want to be a prostitute, this is great,'" Saleda said. "They are constantly raped and robbed and it's glamorized in pop culture."

Teen suicide spurs war on US prostitution

Mickey Goodman, Reuters, Atlanta, Nov 28, 2007

[accessed 9 August 2011]

At the age of 15, Samantha Walker was lured into prostitution on the streets of Toledo, Ohio, then taken against her will to Atlanta.  What makes her story unique is that she testified against one of the men who paid for sex with her, helping to send him to prison. But just weeks after the trial she took an overdose of drugs she was taking for depression and died at the age of 18.  More than 300,000 children are being sexually exploited in the US, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania. Many of them end up in Atlanta, which has become a hub for prostitution in part because its busy airport makes it a destination for men seeking sex.

How an eastern Iowa teen prostitution, human trafficking ring took root

Jennifer Hemmingsen, The Gazette, April 20, 2008

[accessed 9 January 2011]

In the basement of an ordinary-looking Williamsburg home, the 13-year-old girl was given a choice. Either she would have sex with two men nearly twice her age or she would be given back to her kidnapper.  Already in the week since Demont Bowie told the suburban Minneapolis girl she belonged to him, he'd beaten and abused her, starved her and deprived her of sleep. He traded her body to his friends and even a mechanic. When Demont told her to do something to someone, she did. There was no refusing. He'd said he'd kill her, kill her family, if she tried to leave. htcp

Film documents Valley child sex slavery struggle

East Valley Tribune, April 12, 2008

[accessed 9 August 2011]

Many girls begin working the streets before they are teenagers, and police say that prostitutes continue to get younger because that age group generates more money.  Child prostitutes are sometimes runaways or girls with unhappy home lives, police said.  These girls are referred to as "throwaway children" - they have no family that cares for them, and are alone. But police also are seeing many coming from middle-class and sometimes wealthy families.  "It's gotten to the point where there is nothing specific or definite about what girls end up in prostitution," Schemers said.

Pimps, usually men younger than 25, recruit the girls from shopping malls, schools and over the Internet. When drawing girls into the sex trade, pimps make them feel like part of a family.  But then pimps turn on the girls and use threats and physical abuse to enslave them.  "It's so powerful that once they are brought into that environment, there's no getting out," Schemers said.

Through His Webcam, a Boy Joins a Sordid Online World

Kurt Eichenwald, The New York Times, December 19, 2005

[accessed 12 August 2011]

Justin's dark coming-of-age story is a collateral effect of recent technological advances. Minors, often under the online tutelage of adults, are opening for-pay pornography sites featuring their own images sent onto the Internet by inexpensive Webcams. And they perform from the privacy of home, while parents are nearby, beyond their children's closed bedroom door.


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