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

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

by R. Barri Flowers, Ronald B. Flowers, R. Barri Flowers
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313314926
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2001
Series:
Contributions in Criminology and Penology Series
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction
IThe Dynamics of Running Away1
1The Scope of Runaway Youth3
2The Extent of Throwaway Kids17
3Runaways, Arrest, and the Police29
4Why Teens Run Away from Home41
5The Perils for the Teenage Runaway51
6Theoretical Approaches to Running Away and Teenage Prostitution59
7Policy, Practice, and Response to Runaway and Prostitution Involved Teens73
IIThe Dynamics of Teenage Prostitution83
8The Nature of Teenage Prostitution85
9Teen Prostitutes, Arrest, and the Criminal Justice System95
10Girl Prostitution107
11The Pimp's Role in Teenage Prostitution119
12Boy Prostitution129
IIICorrelates of Running Away and Teenage Prostitution141
13Child Sexual Abuse143
14Child Pornography155
IVThe Law and Combating Teenage Prostitution163
15Laws and the Prostitution of Teenagers165
VRunaway Youth and Prostituted Teens in Other Countries175
16Runaways and Teenage Prostitution Globally177
Bibliography189
Index201

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