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1: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice... | By Jessica Crise Treva Yarbrough Prasli Mathew

2: Adolescence is a time of change and time that we start to find ourselves from the age of ten until we are twenty-four years of age.

3: "Little girls have a magic all their own." | During this time, the search for autonomy from family begins. | Adolescents begin to push buttons to see if they can stretch the inch into a stretch of miles.

4: Friends are Flowers that Never Fade | Innocent flesh Date: circa 2012 http://www.latheatrereview.com/2012/01/27/innocent-flesh-at-the-zephyr-theater/

5: External and internal factors play into behaviors and actions teens learn. Family structure and functions also contribute to their growth. However, sometimes developmental behaviors, family structure and the need to be autonomous can led to destructive behaviors. Some destructive behaviors can become social problems.

6: Teen prostitution has been a growing issue in society. There are a number of reasons that a teenage girl may be led to a life on the streets and selling her body for money. Family issues are a major contributor to teen prostitution along with rebelliousness, mistreatment, and neglect (Child Refuge, 2011). | Teenage Girl Prostitutes Date: September 2, 2011 http://www.vevlynspen.com/2011/09/state-of-nation-in-transitions-recent.html

7: You Make My Sun Shine | Teen runaways, sometimes turn to a life that questionable by society’s view. Teens often runaway to escape from family issues and to get out from under parental control whether it is negative or viewed as negative by the teen. | Average Age Date: circa 2011 http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/15587459/vegas-police-holding-forum-on-teen-sex-trafficking

8: "Little Girls are Heavens Flowers" | In the 1980’s laws changed interfering with law enforcement’s ability to detain runaway children (Veronica’s Voice, 2012). | Teen Sex for Sale Date: March 25, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4519538&page=1#.T5wyWdWfivY

9: Sexual abuse occurs in over eight percent of prostitutes (Farley, 2011). Most of the sexual abuse that is endured is incest sexual abuse. Over three-fourths of all prostitutions have experiences sexual trauma from a family member (Veronica’s Voice, 2012) Aspects such as these can increase the probability of prostitution; however, this does not dictated whether or not a teen will choose to accept this lifestyle.

10: Unfortunately, prostitution is often not a choice lifestyle for women much less teens. Running away is one way teens make it into prostitution; however, human trafficking is a more likely pathway. | Child Prostitutes Date: February 23, 2009 | http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Business/pages-2/Pedophiles-disappointed-as-FBI-cracks-down-on-child-prostitutes-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html

11: Prostitution is often viewed as a victimless crime. Sadly, this is not the case especially when prostitution is the end product of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a rising issue not just in the United States but within the world. Human trafficking has become a multi-billion dollar industry built on coercion, kidnapping, and enslavement (Genderberg, 2005).

12: Since this has become a global social issue, prostitution and human trafficking has been transformed from a personal issue women deal with into a public issue that has overrun through organized crime creating chaos on members of our global society. | Regrets Date: November 28, 2010 http://bitchmagazine.org/post/the-h-word-big-money-no-whammies-sex-work-feminism

13: Human Rights Date: April 24, 2011 http://www.newser.com/tag/28734/1/pimp.html | Teen Prostitutes Find Help at LA Shelter Date: July 6, 2008 http://www.newser.com/story/31591/teen-prostitutes-find-help-at-la-shelter.html

14: From the Conflict theory on teen prostitution it shows how girls sell their bodies for the benefit of their pimps. The girls aren’t in control of anything, and don’t get any kind of benefits. | The Conflict Perspective examines the macro level of our society, its structures and institutions. Society is held together by power and coercion for the benefit of those in power (Leon-Guerrero, 2011). | Child Prostitutes Date: February 23, 2009http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Business/pages-2/Pedophiles-disappointed-as-FBI-cracks-down-on-child-prostitutes-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html

15: "Pink isn't just a color, it's an attitude" | The girls are “brainwashed” into thinking that the pimps care about them, and are taking care of them, but the reality is not true. Most prostitutes are women who start at a young age. These women are often poor due to leaving home early or needing to take care of other siblings or their own children. | Child Prostitutes Date: February 23, 2009http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Business/pages-2/Pedophiles-disappointed-as-FBI-cracks-down-on-child-prostitutes-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html

16: The feminist perspective defines gender as a source of social inequality, group conflict, and social problems. The feminist perspective views gender as a process of social practices that creates and maintains gender distinctions and inequalities power (Leon-Guerrero, 2011). Patriarchy refers to a society in which men dominate women and justify their domination through devaluation of the powerless.

17: Teen Prostitution Date: December 20, 2009 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2010544462_edit21teen.html Craigslist Date: circa 2009 http://www.katu.com/news/local/69478772.html

18: Prostitution is an example of a social practice in which domination of women through pimps and john. Furthermore, prostitution maintains the gender distinctions and inequalities. | Child Prostitutes Date: February 23, 2009 http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Business/pages-2/Pedophiles-disappointed-as-FBI-cracks-down-on-child-prostitutes-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html | Gang Alert Date: Unknown http://www.wakepeopleup.com/county-cracking-down-on-teen-prostitution/

19: Men are the primary customers of prostitutes. Pimp is a generally a position of power that is held by a man. Even though prostitution is no longer a women's only profession, boys and men that are recruited have a more feminine physique.

20: FBI Rescues Teen Hookers Date: February 23, 2009 http://www.newser.com/story/51598/fbi-rescues-teen-hookers-across-us.html | Sex Slavery Date: February 23, 2009 http://www.newser.com/tag/28734/1/pimp.html

21: The functionalist perspective states that not everyone in the society can or should be equal (Leon-Guerrero, 2011). Functionalists believe that society needs to work together as a whole rather than separately in its individual parts. As for this perspective, it shows how even if there is prostitution, there is a function for it in society.

22: Programs are developed in an attempt to help teens to leave the life of prostitution and learn new skills to become productive members of society. Prostitution and programs help to create jobs for society including law enforcement, social workers, teachers, life coaches, and activists. However, even though functionalist can view prostitution as having a positive influence on society, some aspects of prostitution can also have a negative influence. Functionalist would view women prostitutes as fulfilling specific gender roles thus having a positive influence on society. Male prostitutes, on the other hand, would have been seen as create a dysfunction in society by going against their gender roles.

23: Society Date: Unknown http://wholeearthinternational.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/spreading-the-word-about-human-trafficking/ | Teenage Girl Prostitutes Date: September 2, 2011 http://www.vevlynspen.com/2011/09/state-of-nation-in-transitions-recent.html

24: Prostitution creates further dysfunction in disrupting societal norms and morals. Secrecy and deception is a common theme with prostitution through the providing and receiving of sexual services. Prostitution falls outside societal norms of sex only within lasting relationship rather than paying for it from strangers.

25: In some cultures, sex is only to be within the sanctity of marriage. Teen prostitution further pushes society's norms. Laws dictate that there should not be sex with a minor. In some cultures, sex with a minor is seen as being taboo. Thus, prostitution creates order and chaos validating its function for society. | Arrested Date: December 6, 2010 http://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131757019/youth-radio-trafficked-teen-girls-describe-life-in-the-game

26: The interactional perspective states how class differences are communicated through symbols. This is constructed by social forces, furthermore, how these symbols reproduce social inequality (Leon-Guerrero, 2011). | Certain fashion styles, drug use, and physical attributes are seen as symbols of prostitution. The interactional perspective also says society judges this group of people, from what they see through the media. | Through symbols and media, society places labels on individuals based on a certain criteria that they fit. | Not for Sale Date: February 28, 2011 http://nwhf.org/conversation/comments/pc/

27: "Good times are even better when they are shared" | Labels are how society defines who belongs into what categories. Some labels associated with prostitution may consist of whore, ho, or turning tricks. Even prostitutes have their own labels for each other such as part-timers, outlaws, hypes, old-timers, and thoroughbreds (Crosson-Tower, 2010). | Based on the interactional perspective, if one person in society starts out in prostitution, it continues throughout their family and will keep going until the cycle is stopped.

28: Social problems, such as prostitution emerge from the continuing conflict between groups in our society-based on social class, gender, race, or ethnicity-and in the conflict, the dominant groups usually win. | Therefore, solutions require social action-in the form of social policy, advocacy, and innovation-to address problems at their structural or individual levels (Leon-Guerrero, | The first solution should deal with preventive measures. With adolescents, their attention is fleeing and their lack of interest is imminent. In order to reach them, the message should be flash and fun.

29: One such solution is to have community led events providing fun alternative ways to escape from the pressures of life and family. Since most teenage prostitutes are runaways, the need to decrease the number of runaways can help to ensure that teenage prostitution decreases. Teen Centers should be created that are specific for adolescents.

30: Not Property Date: Unknown http://m-u-f.blogspot.com/2012/01/indiana-senate-bill-sb-4-anti-sex.html | I’m Not for Sale Date: March 6, 2012 http://studentmedia.uab.edu/2012/03/haven-for-sex-trafficking-victims/

31: At these centers, teens will be able to hang out with peers, play games, have movie nights, and overnight activities. Furthermore, these Teen Centers should implement activities that have community involvement so that these teens develop a sense of attachment and respect. Community involvement will allow teens to branch out from family involvement thus creating more of a sense of belonging.

32: Part of the solution also needs to address what to do once teens have begun a life in prostitution. There are a number of women's shelters that can accommodate teens that are leaving the life of prostitutions. The issue is that these centers are design to help adult women who have more education and experience than a teenage girl would have. Instead there should be residential areas specific for teenage girls only. Residential areas should address issues such as personal hygiene, health examinations, clean living conditions, and personal safety.

33: Innocent Flesh Date: March 5, 2012 http://actorstempletheatre.com/ | Human Trafficking Date: Unknown http://anglicanwomensempowerment.org/resources/human-trafficking/

34: In conclusion, teen prostitution is a global issue that should be dealt with publicly. Keeping it secret behind the scenes only makes it a larger issue. No matter which perspective is the lens of the looking glass, teen prostitution is an issue that can influence society positively and negatively. | End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes. Date: Not Released http://www.hrusa.org/workshops/trafficking/resources.shtml

35: You Make My Sun Shine | Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Together, by addressing the issue, society can begin to heal and help these lost working girls. | Child Trafficking for Purposed of Prostitution. Date: not released. http://www.4case.ca/child_trafficking.htm | Breeding a culture of Child Prostitution in Thailand. Date: Not released. http://www.pattayadailynews.com/en/2010/07/11/breading-a-culture-of-child-prostitution-industry/

36: Associated Press. “U.N.: 2.4 Million Human Trafficking Victims.” 2012. Academy for Educational Development. 22 April 2012. . Child Refuge. “Child/Teen Prostitution: What Are the Risk Factors?” 2011. Child Refuge. 22 April 2012. . Crosson-Tower, Cynthia. (2010). Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. Farley, Melissa. “Prostitution Fact Sheet“. 2011. Prostitution Research and Education. 22 April 2012 . | Works Cited

37: Genderberg Inc. “FAQ.” 2005. Genderberg Inc. 22 April 2012. . Leon-Guerrero, Anna. (2011). Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. Shared Hope International. “Criminal provisions for traffickers.” 2011. Shared Hope International. 22 April 2011. . | Works Cited

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