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Old 08-11-2003, 02:16 AM   #1
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Underage Prostitution on the Rise in Malls

[Q]Child advocates are especially concerned that pimps are increasingly
targeting girls at the local mall, a place many parents consider a haven for
their kids to gather after school and on weekends. "Ten years ago you didn't
see this happening," says Bob Flores, who heads the Justice Department's
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. "We've got kids in
every major city and in suburbia all over the place being prostituted."
"Potentially good sex is a small price to pay for the freedom to spend
money on what I want," says 17-year-old Stacey [not her real name], who liked
to hang out after school at the Mall of America, Minnesota's vast shopping
megaplex, Newsweek reports. After being approached last summer by a man who
told her how pretty she was, and asked if he could buy her some clothes,
Stacey agreed and went home that night with a $250 outfit.
Stacey, who lives with her parents in an upscale neighborhood, began
stripping for men in hotel rooms -- then went on to more intimate activities.
She placed ads on a local telephone personals service, offering "wealthy,
generous" men "an evening of fun" for $400. (The Mall of America, whose
spokesman declined to comment, has an extensive security operation, and rules
requiring juveniles to have chaperones on weekend evenings. Law-enforcement
officials, who praise the mall's efforts to combat the problem, nonetheless
concede pimps are active there. "The Mall of America is a huge recruiting
center," says FBI Special Agent Eileen Jacob.)[/Q]

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Apalling. Do these parents not notice their child coming home with suspicious amounts of extra money or something?
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Unbelievable

This quote is so incredibly disturbing

Potentially good sex is a small price to pay for the freedom to spend
money on what I want," says 17-year-old Stacey


I do wonder how many parents these days even know anything about their kids' lives.

Says so much about our materialistic culture, and about how little teenage girls value themselves.

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Or, when malls become the babysitter.

If a parent was involved in a child's life, the child wouldn't be hanging around the mall for countless hours on end. No wonder the parent doesn't recognize the "new" clothing or extra spending cash.
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[Q]"Compared to three years ago, we've seen a 70 percent increase in kids are
from middle- to upper-middle-class backgrounds, many of whom have not suffered
mental, sexual or physical abuse," says Frank Barnaba of the Paul & Lisa
Program, which works with the Justice Department and the FBI in tracking
exploited kids.[/Q]

NB, from the article it does not sound like the parents are doing a great job as it is.
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Ah yes. Gone are the days where mum stays at home, money is tight, not necessarily absent, but not plentiful, kids played cricket or football in the street outside with other neighbourhood kids, game was over when mum called you in for dinner, kids knew how to climb a tree, mum was there to apply a bandaid when you fell out of said tree, mum was just there end of story.
All so you can be one of the lucky ones to be able to say you grew up in a somewhat salubrious suburb. The family always had a new model car, went on annual vacations to somewhere interesting, Christmas and birthdays meant an entire appliance all to yourself such as a new TV/VCR for your bedroom, the latest Playstation or X-Box, a new computer for your room not your sibling's room, celebrations like annual holidays weren't about seeing what your friends got to see who had the most spent on them.
Prostitution was something that happened in the big shitty gritty city. Not a phenomenon amongst your peers. Drugs were for the 'bad kids'. Life was all about playing in the park, on the street outside your house, inventing games like 'commando's' or 'armies', cheap childhood fads like collector cards, marbles, tazzos.

My God, I sound like an old woman. I'm not even middle aged, so where did this rant come from? I can already see how things are different from 20 years ago. Is the lack of single income families really a part of this problem? We as a society haven't changed our core values all that much have we? I can only see a noticeable difference in the superficial which has arisen from most households having dual income, and that is only where there are 2 parents in the house.

Its an absolute crying shame that kids now are growing up so early. Add to this prostitution, and there is something seriously wrong with this world.
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This is shocking and horrific. Girls are putting price tags on their bodies? What's this world coming to? Egads. So much horror.........
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I can only see a noticeable difference in the superficial which has arisen from most households having dual income, and that is only where there are 2 parents in the house
Even in homes where the mother stays home while the father works, I've seen the kids turn out to be materialistic and get into all sorts of problems. Mom is too busy watching her soaps or taking daily trips to the mall to buy something.



This makes me sick. I actually get scare to have my own kids when I hear about things like this. I don't want to raise my kids in a world like this. Things that young kids are dealing with today I wasn't dealing with, and I hate to see what teenagers and ten year-olds would be going through 10, 20 years from now.



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I come from a two person income family in the suburbs and I think I turned out ok. At least I'm not a prostitute. BUT I turned out ok because of my parents. We ate dinner together, watched the news, discussed what happened at school. My parents always made time to go to parent teacher conferences and be involved in my life. for some people, having a child is an important responsibility. for others, a child is simply an accessory similar to a purse or jewelery.
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I come from a two person income family in the suburbs and I think I turned out ok. At least I'm not a prostitute. BUT I turned out ok because of my parents. We ate dinner together, watched the news, discussed what happened at school. My parents always made time to go to parent teacher conferences and be involved in my life. for some people, having a child is an important responsibility. for others, a child is simply an accessory similar to a purse or jewelery.

I completely agree!

I have family members that live in a very expensive area, where EVERYONE has to try to be better than the "Jones'" so to say. Although I feel like upchucking when I hear about the things they have, and do, as well as how spoiled they are... however, their parents are VERY involved in their lives --- to the point where they quickly volunteer to drive the kids (and their friends) places so that they can over-hear the conversation/gossip and have a first hand experience of what's really going on in these young teen's lives. They stay actively involved in the kid's activities, and pretty much make a habit out of getting to know the parents of every child their kids hang out with. They also educated their children at a very young age about sex, drugs, etc....which HAS really helped keep the kids moral/ethical and respectful of their own bodies. While these kids are incredibly spoiled and materialistic, and I don't completely agree with everything their parents do/allow, I'd bet money that these kids stay on the 'good' side from here on out.

Now when they start driving... I have a feeling that their parents will become even more involved and conversational/inquisitive, as to keep tabs on what's going on in their lives AS WELL as the live's of their friends and the friend's parents.
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I agree-it's all about the EFFORT parents make. You can be home all day w/ your kids and still be out of touch w/ them and their lives.

I don't think it's fair for the blame to be placed w/ mothers who work outside the home-usually out of necessity, not choice, and not just for luxury items. And in my experience, especially w/ girls, it's an EMOTIONALLY absent father who is largely responsible for their lack of self esteem.

This has been on my mind since I read this thread this morning-what a depressing situation
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Anyone seen the movie 'Traffic' ???
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I can already see how things are different from 20 years ago. Is the lack of single income families really a part of this problem? We as a society haven't changed our core values all that much have we? I can only see a noticeable difference in the superficial which has arisen from most households having dual income, and that is only where there are 2 parents in the house.
hmm, I wish the problem was the dual income thing, because that would be a problem that could be fixed relatively easily (emphasize "relatively")

I fear though that somehow core values have changed

the values shown by some people who have kids at times just downright scare me
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There is no "easy" solution (such as having one parent at home). It takes active engagement in the lives of our children. Values have changes - we want what our parents have, but we want it today.
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