The stereotypical portrayal of pimps luring underage girls into prostitution and forcing girls to be prostitutes by intimidation or addicting the girls to drugs is not representative of reality. This is the conclusion drawn from three separate studies of underage prostitution and sex workers in News York City and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The results of the interviews indicate that minors were initiated into the sex trade by girls of their age 47 percent of the time. Customers accounted for 23 percent of girls becoming underage prostitutes. Pimps accounted for 8.1 percent of the girls that became involved in the sex trade. The researchers conclude that underage prostitution is more complex than the sexual naiveté of law enforcement, government, or those attempting to prevent underage prostitution can accept.
Learn more at Paul Hamaker’s The Examiner article: Most minors lured into underage sex trafficking by their peers.