'Sex Culture' Fueling Child Prostitution

Last month the San Jose Mercury News reported that San Jose police identified at least 293 teens being prostituted in 2003. The growth in children entering the sex industry has led police to change how they deal with this problem.

Officers are being trained to identify and understand physical and sexual abuse, and are treating these children as victims, rather than criminals. The Internet has made it easier for children to be used and abused. Pimps can put up ads online for girls as young as 11 and 12.

Former federal prosecutor Pat Trueman says the availability of pornography online is fueling the problem. "What you're finding in today's society is a greater interest in illicit sex than ever before," explained Trueman. "The Internet has caused that because an individual can go on the Internet, see hardcore pornography, see child pornography, and have almost zero chance of being caught. The next thing they want to do, then, is have sex with a prostitute."

Created: May 05, 2008 09:59
Last Modified: May 05, 2008 10:00

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