chapter  22
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We need to talk about youth prostitution

A story about the demise of youth prostitution in England and Wales
WithJo Phoenix

Although not always prominent or visible, children are involved in prostitution across England and Wales. It is a tragedy for any child to become involved in prostitution . . . Children involved in prostitution should be treated primarily as the victims of abuse and their needs require careful assessment . . . Whilst there is no single route through which children become involved in prostitution, we know that the most common factors are vulnerability and low self-esteem. Vulnerable children are identified and targeted by those who abuse children through prostitution irrespective of whether a child is living with their own family, looked after away from home or has run away.