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

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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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Exploring the many correlates between running away from home or institutional settings and teenage prostitution, criminologist Flowers hopes to bring to light ways in which the United States can address a distressing social situation. Separate sections address the dynamics of running away and teenage prostitution, looking at theories of delinquency, the criminal justice system's response to teens, and the pimp's role in prostitution. Correlates between running away and prostitution such as child sexual abuse are explored, and laws that are aimed at combatting the problem are surveyed. Finally, a comparative study of teenage prostitution globally is offered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

R. BARRI FLOWERS is an independent criminologist and crime writer. He is the author of 22 published books, including Children and Criminality (Greenwood Press, 1986), Women and Criminality (Greenwood Press, 1987), Minorities and Criminality (Greenwood Press, 1988), Demographics and Criminality (Greenwood Press, 1989), The Victimization and Exploitation of Women and Children, and The Sex Slave Murders among others.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
I The Dynamics of Running Away 1
1 The Scope of Runaway Youth 3
2 The Extent of Throwaway Kids 17
3 Runaways, Arrest, and the Police 29
4 Why Teens Run Away from Home 41
5 The Perils for the Teenage Runaway 51
6 Theoretical Approaches to Running Away and Teenage Prostitution 59
7 Policy, Practice, and Response to Runaway and Prostitution Involved Teens 73
II The Dynamics of Teenage Prostitution 83
8 The Nature of Teenage Prostitution 85
9 Teen Prostitutes, Arrest, and the Criminal Justice System 95
10 Girl Prostitution 107
11 The Pimp's Role in Teenage Prostitution 119
12 Boy Prostitution 129
III Correlates of Running Away and Teenage Prostitution 141
13 Child Sexual Abuse 143
14 Child Pornography 155
IV The Law and Combating Teenage Prostitution 163
15 Laws and the Prostitution of Teenagers 165
V Runaway Youth and Prostituted Teens in Other Countries 175
16 Runaways and Teenage Prostitution Globally 177
Bibliography 189
Index 201
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