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HIGH RISK YOUTH

Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.
- Quote by Andrea Dworkin (September 26, 1946 - April 9, 2005)


The Average age one enters prostitution is 14 years old…

Who are these unfortunate children?

High Risk Children and Youth:

A child is at High Risk of entering into prostitution if s/he has experienced:

   - Physical / Sexual Abuse
   - Neglect and Emotional Unavailability
   - Witnessing Abuse
   - Separated or Divorced Parents
   - Enforced Gender Defined Roles
   - Family Member(s) or Friend(s) Involved in Sex Work
   - Caregivers with Addiction Issues
   - Poverty (but not limited to)
   - Teen Moms
   - Has Run Away
   - Been Thrown Away
   - Raised in Care i.e. Foster Care, Shelters, Group Homes etc

Red Flags:

These Red Flags are only a guide for parents who are concerned that their child may be involved with sex work:

Your child may be involved if s/he …

  - has new crowd of friends, and/or older boyfriend
  - often comes home late or not at all
  - frequently skips school
  - is sexually active
  - becomes withdrawn
  - has unexplained money or buys lavishly
  - pays household bills with no explanation of where the money come from
  - dresses more provocative
  - carries a lot of condoms
  - calls from a hotel more then once, or known to have frequent stays in hotels
  - threatens someone else will take better care of them
  - refers to men as to what s/he can get from them
  - goes to bars, raves, after-hours, or all age clubs


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