We Need To Talk About Youth Prostitution: A story about the demise of youth prostitution in England and Wales

Phoenix, Jo (2018). We Need To Talk About Youth Prostitution: A story about the demise of youth prostitution in England and Wales. In: Dewey, Susan; Crowhurst, Isabel and Izugbara, Chimaraoke eds. Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge International Handbooks. New York: Routledge, pp. 230–241.

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Abstract

Although not always prominent or visible, children are involved in prostitution across England and Wales. It is a tragedy for any child to become involved in prostitution... Children involved in prostitution should be treated primarily as the victims of abuse and their needs require careful assessment... Whilst there is no single route through which children become involved in prostitution, we know that the most common factors are vulnerability and low self-esteem. Vulnerable children are identified and targeted by those who abuse children through prostitution irrespective of whether a child is living with their own family, looked after away from home or has run away.

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