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prostitutes getting younger quotes

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:43 am
by sam
Reading through my news today I came across yet another article in which childcare agents and social workers with many years of experience speak about the age of entry into prostitution getting noticeably younger in the past five years.

I've decided to go back through my archives and try to find some of the other articles mentioning this phenomena and gather them here for easy reference. If you come across any mentions in your readings please post them here or send me an email.

These are all chopped up to get to the quotable stuff but the source and/or link to the unchopped original is included.

The Sunday Mail (QLD) February 12, 2006

Queensland youth groups say they are helping dozens of children every week who are selling sex to survive. "People are getting younger and younger," said Kerrie Counihan, head of Cairns group Youth Empowered Towards Independence. "They are 12, 13 and 14. Three years ago it was 15, 16, 17. They'll give sex to get a bed, to get food, to get attention, clothes, money and drugs."

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:59 pm
by sam
Slavery in Our Time
January 22, 2006
Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times

All around India and the world, girls are still locked up in brothels as Geeta was. Indeed, sex trafficking is one problem that appears to have become worse around the globe, as organized crime, increased mobility and the rise of markets have turned pubescent flesh into a tradable international commodity. Moreover, fear of AIDS has nurtured markets for virgins and younger children who customers think are less likely to have H.I.V.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:01 pm
by sam
Belfast's prostitution problem 'out of control'
Call for action on complaints

By Brian Hutton
12 January 2006
Belfast Telegraph

Mr McCarthy said there is a continual nightly "rat run" of men of all ages driving through Alfred Street, Adelaide Street and Linen Hall Street in search of sex.

"If you drive around any night you will see the prostitutes. There are about 20 or 30 on any given night and they are getting younger," he said.

"You can also see cars with pimps in them. They (the prostitutes) are being controlled - it's not freelance."

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:10 pm
by sam

Israeli Project Aids Teens, Young Prostitutes

By Brenda Gazzar - WeNews correspondent

The average age a youth in Israel starts to engage in prostitution is 11 or 12, Fridman said.

But Kadman of the National Council for the Child, a Jerusalem-based lobbying group, says he believes that a deteriorating economy, government cuts in social services for children and youth, and the availability of pornographic materials that seem to legitimize sex with children are significant reasons for the situation in Israel.

It is also not surprising that pre-teens are involved in prostitution since in recent years, children can be found on the streets at a younger age and
have sexual relations sooner, experts say.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:17 pm
by sam
Not for her honor: Pimps take up arms in fights over hookers
By Dave Wedge
Boston Herald
Thursday, November 17, 2005

“We’re seeing a trend now – it’s a lot easier to sell girls than it is to sell drugs,” said Boston police Sgt. Detective Kelley O’Connell. “Because they’re normally getting shot over drug turf, not over putting a girl on the street. But now we’re seeing pimps fighting over girls and gunplay.”

O’Connell said Boston street gangs are more frequently getting involved in underage prostitution to supplement – and sometimes replace – drug running.

“We’re seeing a trend of younger recruitment with regards to teen prostitution,” O’Connell said. Pimps troll MBTA stations and Internet chat rooms in search of girls as young as 12 to add to their stables, she added.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:37 pm
by sam
Young Lives for Sale
Why more kids are getting into the sex trade--and how the feds are fighting back
By Bay Fang
U.S. News and World Report

The younger they are, the more they're worth on the street. "There is a greater and greater demand for younger and younger kids," says Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

On the "strolls" of Sunset Boulevard and Figueroa, in South-Central Los Angeles, girls step out from the shadows in tiny skirts and stiletto heels. Detective Keith Haight sizes them up. He doesn't bother stopping unless they look underage, but it's hard to tell nowadays. Haight has been working these streets for 25 years and has seen the girls getting younger. This drop in age is due both to the rise of the Internet, which provides ready access to child pornography, and to the fear of HIV/AIDS. "Back then, if you found a 15- or 16-year-old, that was a big deal. But now, they're 11 or 12," he says.

Tom O'Brien, the criminal division chief of the Los Angeles U.S. attorney's office, describes a conversation he had with one 14-year-old prostitute who was testifying against her pimp. "I told her, 'When I was your age, I thought I'd live forever.' She looked me in the eye and said, 'Mr. O'Brien, I'll be dead before I'm 21.' "

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:42 pm
by sam
TURKMENISTAN: Prostitution on the rise
05 Sep 2005 17:56:20 GMT
Source: IRIN

ANKARA, 5 September (IRIN) - Poverty remains the driving-force behind rising levels of prostitution in the energy-rich state of Turkmenistan, where upwards of 44 percent of the country's population reportedly lives on less than US $2 per day.

"For a certain part of the female population who are unemployed, prostitution is the only means to provide for themselves and their families," Farid Tuhbatulin, chairman of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights group (TI), said. "Never before have so many women and even under-age schoolgirls worked the streets or gathered in special places, offering sexual services."

"There is an unprecedented situation in Turkmenistan when [some] husbands, fathers and brothers push their wives, daughters and sisters into illegal ways, including prostitution, because they don't have a job and means to get by," Tajigul Begmedova, head of the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation (THF), said from the Bulgarian city of Varna.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:48 pm
by sam
After Vick's death, prostitution again sullies streets

Posted on Thu, Aug. 18, 2005
Pioneer Press

Vednita Carter is referring to the late St. Paul police Sgt. Gerald Vick. The 15-year police veteran and vice unit supervisor who was fatally gunned down after a May 6 encounter with two men outside a Dayton's Bluff bar.

"We're noticing a lot more younger girls on the streets, and also it's become more open," says Timothy Smith, 40, one of half dozen Breaking Free outreach workers who troll the streets daily and nightly in pairs. "There are kids out there ­ 13, 15, junior and high school age ­ that are out there, looking for action or for a pimp."

"We have received reports from patrol officers about increased activity," says St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:55 pm
by sam
El Universal (The Universal Newspaper)
Anabel Hernandez (Third and final part of a series)
January 11, 2003

This is hell... virtual fields on fire. "When I came here, in one hour I counted that one little girl had been with 35 men, one after the other. She just lifted her skirt. It is just vaginal masturbation," notes Patricia.

"The girls that I saw that time [in the fields] were very young, they were not over 14 years old. they had been sold a lot to 'los gringos' (American men)."

The ages of the girls that are brought here are younger as time goes on, now from nine and ten years old. "I once saw a seven year old girl. What was a seven year old girl doing in a place of prostitution? She wasn't anyone's daughter, they were using her," recalls the doctor in her desperation. We are talking about defenseless persons, who have tragic histories behind them. They live in a condition of post-traumatic stress syndrome, and in that condition they cede all authority to their victimizers.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:03 pm
by sam
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Press Release


Since 1997, the number of child pornography images on the Internet is estimated to have increased by 1500%.3 NCMEC’s congressionally mandated CyberTipline received 21,603 reports of child pornography in 2001, and in 2004 it received 106,176 reports – a 491% increase over a four-year period.

It is estimated that 20% of all pornography on the Internet involves children. "Traditionally, we have viewed pedophiles as the users and distributors of child pornography,” said Allen. “However, we are shocked to learn that the consumer market for child pornography is growing and becoming much broader. Younger and younger children are being victimized, and the content is becoming more graphic and more violent.”

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:09 pm
by sam
Sex Trade / Trafficking interview ... trade.html

Solome Mukisa: Sometimes I talk with the prostitutes, and they say that when you do not use a condom, you are paid more. And if I am going to earn money, I will want to earn a little more. So very often they will not use the condom. This gentleman is sick. He is already rejected by the wife because she knows there is a problem … Its terrible. It's terrible because some of the prostitutes we have are very young. As young as 14. They cannot make a decision. They don't even know that AIDS kills. They are not informed. They are out there to make money. So I am sure that if there is any growth in AIDS, it is more with the prostitutes.

Yevette Hockburg: And now they are getting even younger children. They say they are virgin, so they are safe. They are getting little girls, even as young as 8 years old.

Solome Mukisa: Exactly.

Yvette Hockburg: In many countries around the world.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:15 pm
by sam
Underage prostitution reaching crisis level on streets of Oakland
The Oakland Tribune
June 7, 2005

THE YOUNGEST girl arrested in a prostitution sting last week was 12. Just 12 years old. That's an age associated with dolls and jump-ropes, not johns and pimps.

In recent years, the number of underage prostitutes on Oakland's streets has increased steadily. In the last 18 months, it has exploded. City officials say last year 211 underage girls were arrested. This year isn't even half over, and more than 300 have been arrested.

"It's a geographic epidemic," said Nola Brantley, director of parenting and youth enrichment for the George Scotlan Youth Center in West Oakland. "The numbers are growing, and the girls are younger and younger. A few years ago we saw girls in the older end of junior high school age. Now we're seeing girls entering junior high school. Twelve-year-olds are giving strangers (oral sex) for $3."

"It's normal for young girls in the city," she said. "They're not embarrassed to tell their friends they've worked as a prostitute. To them it is part of normal culture. It is so rampant. The models are everywhere."

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:17 pm
by sam
Trafficking in U.S. serious, experts say ... -8400r.htm

By Angela Woodall
Washington, DC, Jun. 9 (UPI)

And they are getting younger. Frank Barnaba, who runs the Paul and Lisa Program, an outreach program for sexually exploited youth, said that in 1990 most underage prostitutes that came to the program were about 16. Now he sees them as young as 9 years old. Most often their age is between 11-14, according to the FBI and other agencies.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:19 pm
by sam
Trafficking In Women And Children

Delivered by: Judge Nimfa Cuesta Vilches at the 4th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights 20-23 March, 2005, Cape Town, South Africa

In Colombia and Ethiopia, the abduction of women and children for trafficking is common, while women and girls from orphanages, abused in their childhood and coming from dysfunctional families are high-risk ones in Romania. In Bulgaria, most victims of trafficking are between 15-21 years of age and are still schoolgirls or girls with only primary education. United Kingdom police confirm that the girls are getting progressively younger, mostly 13 years old in Korea.

not protitution, but related

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:23 pm
by sam
Reported sexual abuse of children surges in Japan: survey
Ticker Last Change
Source: Agence France-Presse

TOKYO, May 12= Reported sexual assaults of children have surged 70 percent over the past decade in Japan, according to a newspaper poll published Thursday.

Police received 2,607 reports of rape or other sexual assaults on children aged 15 or younger in 2004 compared with 1,503 cases in a similar compilation done by police for 1994.

Japan has gradually been stepping up enforcement of laws to protect children from sexual exploitation after a string of bad publicity in a country where the age of consent is 13.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:16 pm
by oneangrygirl
are you getting these from the dignity list?

We’re seeing a trend now – it’s a lot easier to sell girls than it is to sell drugs

not to mention that you can only sell a quantity of drugs once, but you can sell the same girl over and over again.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:01 am
by sam
Some are from Dignity, some are from an email account I have set up to receive daily emails on the subjects of prostitution and sex trafficking.

I know there's another quote in that popular NYTimes article on American sexual slavery but it appears as if I'll have to procure a copy of the article from the library because I don't want to pay for it and can't find it for free online.

If any of you reading have access to the article (Dec 2004?) and can help me out it would be appreciated.

How sick of seeing the term "child sex worker" am I? The bile that rises in me from repeatedly seeing this is enough to drown a dozen of the pro-porn feminists who obscure the rape in prostitution by reframing the fledgling concept of "workplace sexual harrassment" into "sexual harassment as work" so they can feel less guilty about their well-worn porn collections.

I went to a house fundraiser for a grassroots lobbying group I used to participate with that aimed at getting the world's poorest women microcredit loans and tuberculosis treatments. In the presentation on Bangladesh the woman speaker showed slides and told about a 10-year old girl she met who pushed her gently against a wall and pleaded for her to take her away when she leaves because the girl was a "sex worker." I kicked inside upon hearing her call a "sex worker" the child raped daily multiple times in a Bangladeshi brothel.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:59 pm
by oneangrygirl

this what you're looking for?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:23 pm
by sam
Yes, thank you.

"She said that she believed younger foreign girls were in demand in the U.S. because of an increased appetite for more aggressive, dangerous sex. Traffickers need younger and younger girls, she suggested, simply because they are more pliable. In Eastern Europe, too, the typical age of sex-trafficking victims is plummeting; according to Matei of Reaching Out, while most girls used to be in their late teens and 20's, 13-year-olds are now far from unusual."

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:57 am
by sam
The 'forgotten girls'

The Orange County Register
March 15, 2006

In Orange County, a growing number of girls like Hanna are being picked up for prostitution, county data show. Nearly 200 girls have been referred to probation for prostitution-related charges since 2001, the Orange County Probation Department says.

The girls are getting younger, dropping in average age from 17 in 2001 to just past their 16th birthday last year. The youngest was not yet 12.