Walking Prey

Walking Prey

How America's Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery

Book - 2014
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"Today, two cultural forces are converging to make America's youth easy targets for sex traffickers. Younger and younger girls are engaging in adult sexual attitudes and practices, and the pressure to conform means thousands have little self-worth and are vulnerable to exploitation. At the same time, thanks to social media, texting, and chatting services, predators are able to ferret out their victims more easily than ever before. In Walking Prey, advocate and former victim Holly Austin Smith shows how middle class suburban communities are fast becoming the new epicenter of sex trafficking in America. Smith speaks from experience: Without consistent positive guidance or engagement, Holly was ripe for exploitation at age fourteen. A chance encounter with an older man led her to run away from home, and she soon found herself on the streets of Atlantic City. Her experience led her, two decades later, to become one of the foremost advocates for trafficking victims. Smith argues that these young women should be treated as victims by law enforcement, but that too often the criminal justice system lacks the resources and training to prevent the vicious cycle of prostitution. This is a clarion call to take a sharp look at one of the most striking human rights abuses, and one that is going on in our own backyard. "--
"A former sex trafficking victim argues that thousands of children across the United States are at risk of being sold into prostitution, and shows how popular culture is fuelling this dangerous trend"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Palgrave Macmillan,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781137278739
Characteristics: viii, 248 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sorvino, Mira

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