Why are Girls from All Over the U.S. Prostituting in Las Vegas?

July 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Last week, Katie Couric presented a close up story about girls in prostitution in Las Vegas. But this was not a story about Las Vegas.

It was a story about girls as young as 12 arriving from all over the United States, working for pimps in order to have some kind of cash and possibility of survival.  This is a story that is relevant to every community of our nation.  These are children and teens running away from home either because of a really bad situation there or because an adult, almost always an adult male, lures a girl with promises of protection, money, love or other luxuries, to come work for him.

It was so encouraging to see the work of the judge in Clark County and the community to intervene on behalf of the girls, and build a safe home for them.  We need many safe houses in America, for all youth who are not safe and protected in their homes.  For most of these kids, sexual abuse by those they depend upon has already taught them that they must give over their own bodies to earn safety.

Does this make sense?  Of course not.  It’s tragic.  These are our nation’s children.

I encourage everyone to watch this story, http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/eveningnews/main3420.shtml?tag=hdr;snav to recognize that child prostitution is an outcome of child abuse and neglect, and to step forward in any way you feel moved to reach out to girls and boys who are victims of abuse and neglect in your communities.

Girls Circle and The Council are models that bring children and adolescents out of isolation and into direct support, caring, and belonging with peers and adults who can and do make a difference.

We welcome your comments and appreciate your work, actions, and caring everyday on behalf of children and adolescents!



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