Runaway Kids and Teenage Prostitution: America's Lost, Abandoned, and Sexually Exploited Children

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Social Science - 212 pages
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This concise and accessible new text examines the correlations between runaway children and teenage prostitution in the United States from a criminological, sociological, and psychological perspective. The author takes a systematic approach to defining and describing the differences between youth who run away from home and those who leave institutional settings and distinguishes the difference between runaway and throwaway children. A careful examination of teenage prostitution among girls and boys helps to illuminate the special problems faced by children who have run away. In addition, the author discusses laws related to runaways, teenage prostitution, and the sexual exploitation of minors as well as the criminal justice response to the problems. Runaways and prostitution involving youth in other countries is also explored. The text's findings support current conclusions on the characteristics of runaways, the relationship between runaways and teen prostitution, and the implications of running away from home.

Runaway Kids and Teenage Prostitution is divided into five parts. Part I examines the scope and dynamics of running away and differentiates between runaways and throwaways. Part II explores teenage prostitution and provides information on girl and boy prostitutes and the people who exploit them. Child sexual abuse and child pornography as correlates to the problem are studied in Part III, and Part IV reviews the law that atttempts to combat teenage prostitution. Part V is devoted to an examination of the scope and significance of the problem in other countries. Together, these chapters provide readers with a clear picture of the problem of runaways and teenage prostitution in the United States and around the world.

 

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Contents

The Scope of Runaway Youth
3
The Extent of Throwaway Kids
17
Runaways Arrest and the Police
29
Why Teens Run Away from Home
41
The Perils for the Teenage Runaway
51
Theoretical Approaches to Running Away and Teenage Prostitution
59
Policy Practice and Response to Runaway and Prostitution Involved Teens
73
The Dynamics of Teenage Prostitution
83
Boy Prostitution
129
Correlates of Running Away and Teenage Prostitution
141
Child Sexual Abuse
143
Child Pornography
155
The Law and Combating Teenage Prostitution
163
Laws and the Prostitution of Teenagers
165
Runaway Youth and Prostituted Teens in Other Countries
175
Runaways and Teenage Prostitution Globally
177

The Nature of Teenage Prostitution
85
Teen Prostitutes Arrest and the Criminal justice System
95
Girl Prostitution
107
The Pimps Role in Teenage Prostitution
119
Bibliography
189
Index
201
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Ronald Barri Flowers, born October 25 1956 in Detroit, is a criminologist, crime writer, novelist, textbook author, and screenwriter. He received a B.A. in 1977 and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 1980. His publications include The Prostitution Of Women and Girls, an exploration of female prostitution worldwide; The Sex Slave Murders, the true story of Gerald and Charlene Gallego, America's first husband-wife serial killers; and Female Crime, Criminals and Cellmates: An Exploration of Female Criminality and Delinquency.

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