This article that was recently featured in the Miami Times has caused quite a commotion with agencies that focus on domestic minor sex trafficking. Many of these agencies are questioning the manner in which the research was conducted. A majority of these agencies are angry due to the results of this research. I have heard many people defend their program and point out the numerous girls that they have assisted. However one thing that many of these agencies have failed to realize is that this article does not say that “underage girls are not forced into prostitution”. It is simply stating that they also found boys involved in this. The number the research states is that 45% of the kids that were interviewed were males. If this is true this shows that the numbers of boys being victimized is almost as much as the number of girls. This study also talks about the difference between girls who are forced versus girls who are doing this in order to be able to provide for their needs. This is an interesting study and it is one that should be looked into. What if these numbers are accurate? What if they are not? At this time no one has any accurate number on how many children are victimized and forced into the commercial sex industry. This is something that has caused great debate among Anti Trafficking Organizations and the media. This is an issue that although has been happening for several years has recently been looked into.
So here is the study. Let’s us know what you think.