The statistics on gender and prostitution

Founder & President of Children of the NIght, Lois Lee, PhD, explains the statistics on the gender of child prostitutes in America and how they are treated differently by law enforcement
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The statistics on gender and prostitution

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We don't really know how many children or young adults are working as prostitutes right here in the United States because there has never been any kind of quantitative analysis. It would be so simple to send researchers into juvenile halls and adult detention facilities just simply to ask. But with all the talk about the human sex trafficking and prostitution, no one has bothered to do that. In the 80's, 40% of Children of the Night's clients were in fact boys and transgender youth. We know that there are many boys working as prostitutes. But the federal government has not focused on the exploitation of boys as prostitutes or sex trafficking victims because they find that distasteful. And quite frankly I don't think that the gay community would allow the federal government and federal investigators to treat the boy prostitutes the way that the girls have been treated and held in jails until they testify against their pimps. We don't know how many numbers there are of girls nor of boys. We do know that the girls are arrested and pursued by law enforcement. We know that the boys are living in the subculture - in a family setting where there is like a mom and a dad and lots of sexual exploitation and lots of prostitution going on with very little law enforcement intervention. As I've become aware of both of this cultures happening, I often ponder whether I should inform law enforcement about the boy prostitution because perhaps the boys are off without the federal government's involvement.

Founder & President of Children of the NIght, Lois Lee, PhD, explains the statistics on the gender of child prostitutes in America and how they are treated differently by law enforcement

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Lois Lee, PhD, JD

Founder & President Children of the Night

Dr. Lois Lee is a pioneer and trailblazer in rescuing America’s sex trafficked children right here in the United States.  She is the founder and president of Children of the Night and has rescued over 10,000 children from prostitution—that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking organizations combined. Since 1979 she has raised more than $40 million in private donations to support her groundbreaking programs. Diplomats come from all over the world to observe Lee's ground-breaking work at the Children of the Night home. Dr. Lee has received countless awards for her humanitarian work, most notably the prestigious President's Volunteer Action Award, presented to her by President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1984, and permanent memorial portrait at the Frederick Douglas Museum honors her 1994 National Caring Award. Her life story was portrayed in a CBS Movie of the Week “Children of the Night” in 1985 and she was profiled on CBS “60 Minutes” in 1987. Dr. Lee was lauded by singer/songwriter Richard Marx in his song "Children of the Night," which appeared on his 1989 Repeat Offender album.

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