Mon Sep 12, 2016, 09:28 PM
AmandaMatthews (4,765 posts)
US teens often forced to trade sex work for food, study finds
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Teenagers in America are resorting to sex work because they cannot afford food, according to a study that suggests widespread hunger in the world’s wealthiest country.
Focus groups in all 10 communities analysed by the Urban Institute, a Washington-based thinktank, described girls “selling their body” or “sex for money” as a strategy to make ends meet. Boys desperate for food were said to go to extremes such as shoplifting and selling drugs.
The findings raise questions over the legacy of Bill Clinton’s landmark welfare-reform legislation 20 years ago as well as the spending priorities of Congress and the impact of slow wage growth. Evidence of teenage girls turning to “transactional dating” with older men is likely to cause particular alarm.
“I’ve been doing research in low-income communities for a long time, and I’ve written extensively about the experiences of women in high poverty communities and the risk of sexual exploitation, but this was new,” said Susan Popkin, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and lead author of the report, Impossible Choices.
“Even for me, who has been paying attention to this and has heard women tell their stories for a long time, the extent to which we were hearing about food being related to this vulnerability was new and shocking to me, and the level of desperation that it implies was really shocking to me. It’s a situation I think is just getting worse over time.”
Of course they are. Years ago when I was interning with the ACLU the Director at that time told me that there were 2,000 homeless kids on the streets in Omaha, NE on any given night. That was years ago and that is in a place not known for the number of homeless we have on the streets - because we hide them so well. And if a big shot comes to town we get them out of the away from the area surrounding the airport on into downtown Omaha to where ever the end destination for said big shot is by picking them up and dumping them somewhere far enough away where no one will know they even exist.
But we can build new civic centers/auditoriums and ball parks without even having to worry about where the money will come from.
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US teens often forced to trade sex work for food, study finds (Original post)
Response to Boadicea (Reply #5)
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 09:59 PM
specs (3,629 posts)
6. You are correct it is not different. The same policies that caused the problems at the start
of this country, have continued on through the centuries to the mess we have today.
Those policies are the same as Obama and the Rat party and their continuing effort to force people into crappy jobs, crappy living conditions, and living off the Government with no self-respect.
I know that there are places that can help families and children that are at risk of becoming homeless. Most of them are vilified by the Rat Party and those that support the Rat party because they are faith-based and Christian in nature. But, they are there for all to use and very helpful to those that need them.
Heck in my neck of the woods there is a place that will take teens and give them a place to live, get them through school, a job, and all that. Just have to point the child to the right place or intervene if you cannot help yourself. They are a Catholic-based charity, though, so they are always attacked by assholes that hate religion.
For our veterans and their families, there are tons of other services available to them to keep the family in their home, or help them get into a new place. One such organization takes about 7 to 10 days to get a family off the street and into a home in the area they wish to live.
While I might lay the blame at my political opposites, I am not hardened to the truth of the matter. I do try to help where I can with donations of food, clothing, shoes, and cash. I attempt to donate all that to my local charities, though, because I am not interested in helping those outside my neighborhood.
Response to specs (Reply #6)
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 10:08 PM
Boadicea (5,220 posts)
7. I understand
We do what we can. We have a food bank at my church, and we have seen more and more families needin assistance. We've helped 4 families in the last 2 weeks.
I work in a medical practice that has a lot of low income, no income patients who are critically ill (kidneys). You would not believe what these people have to go through to get any kind of assistance. Even with a social worker at the dialysis facility, it's hard to get assistance.
Response to Boadicea (Reply #7)
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 10:22 PM
specs (3,629 posts)
8. Before I retired I drove those people to those appointments
I know that the Government is slow to help, that is why I try to find other organizations that can ease that pain. Those happen to be church's mostly, and that is a problem sometimes in my area.
I am not insensitive to the problems; I just do not want to see more Government involvement for the reasons you stated and so much more.
This last month I have helped a family of Six get the help they needed to put food in their home, keep the lights and gas on, and fix their car. I donated a bit of my money, but using my contacts I was able to find the rest of the help and get them in touch with the right people.
I have also helped a Veteran and his family keep their home with a grant from a Trust fund for veterans in my state, the DHS and then donations from churches and local outreach groups.
Not sure if your state has a Veteran Trust Fund but that is a great resource if they do for military men and women and their families. Other than that, I would love to see fewer attacks on faith-based charities and other outreach groups that might be outside the scope of a Government agency.
And this is coming from a guy that does not go to church, read the bible, or anything else religious related.
Response to AmandaMatthews (Original post)
Mon Sep 12, 2016, 09:41 PM
Boadicea (5,220 posts)
3. How sad.
I imagine this is partly how kids end up being trafficked in the slave trade.
I watched a documentary on it once, and it really opened my eyes to stuff that happens in front of us every day.