One Teen’s Perspective: Save Our Girls

Aug. 8, 2013 / By

Teen Prostitution

photo: Brett Myers – Youth Radio/ BY-NC-SA

Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, said “Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America. This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere, and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

By: Rayana Godfrey

“Nationally, the average age at which girls first become exploited through prostitution is 12–14 years old.”

Out of the many disheartening statistics, this one stuck out the most to me. I have two beautiful little cousins who will turn 12 years old this year. Instead of them entering the safe and innocent pre-teen years, they are now entering a war zone. Who will fight for them when they are too young and too small to fight for themselves? How am I supposed to protect them from being yet another statistic? When I’m not there to hold their hands and lead them away from a strange man who only wants to hurt them, then what?

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