Underage Sex Trafficking: Don't Get Your Facts From Ashton Kutcher
No one, save for sickos, thinks underage sex trafficking is a good thing. But contrary to what you might've heard from Ashton Kutcher's latest media blitz, there are not 100,000 to 300,000 children in America becoming prostitutes every year.
How do we know? Because rather than blindly repeating a number based on a rough estimation of how many kids are at risk for prostitution, Village Voice Media spent two months researching law enforcement data.
Our reporters examined arrests for juvenile prostitution in the nation's 37 largest cities during a 10-year period, and they found records for only 8,263 arrests across America. This doesn't mean other child prostitutes aren't slipping through the cracks, but 8,263 over a decade is a long way from 300,000 per year. Read more in the Village Voice's article on underage sex trafficking.
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