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Who Is There To Help Us?: How the System Fails Sexually Exploited Girls in the United States: Examples from Four American Cities

Published Date
January, 2005
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This report about trafficking in the US provides insight into the lack of recognition or responsive aid that American girls and women who are unseen victims of trafficking receive in the US versus those victims who are not US citizens.

-'The report is primarily a qualitative investigation based on interviews with girls themselves, children's advocates, service providers, law enforcement officials and others, in primarily four citiesóNew York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.'
-Includes narratives/testimonies of girls and young women who have been in prostitution and are US citizens.
-US born and raised girls and young women can also be trafficking victims.
-US girls and young women 'turn' to prostitution because they are desperate and manipulated by adults but tactics used differ from international cohorts, emphasizes that young women in the US who go into prostitution are not 'sexually liberated college girls'.
-Discusses some of the process and reality that girls and young women face in prostitution, including lack of services and awareness that sex trafficking happens to US girls and women as well.