“Stubborn Cycle of Runaways becoming Prostitutes,” an article by New York times talks about Ann. A seemingly regular girl was being raped by her cousin, this led to her one day running away to her “boyfriend.” Just when she thought she was in safe hands he begins to beat her and starts selling her for money. Although this is gruesome, this happens quite often; pimps will prey on a runaway girl within 48 hours of when she ran away. He will then treat her like she is the world, but as soon as they are with them, they will begin beating them and threating them, saying that if they do not sell themselves they will kill them. Not only does the City Council in New York only have about 250 shelter beds for the 3, 800 teenagers, they denied granting for funds for runaway and homeless youths and have even cut their funds to $745, 000. A study conducted found that one in every four runaways has sold themselves for basic needs like food and shelter. All the stories are the same, so it is no surprise that when 200-400 children are denied access to the Covenant House, since there are no available beds, pimps will find them most vulnerable and lure them in.
All the girls have the same statements, “I didn’t have a place to stay, and then I met someone. He was nice to me, fed me, sheltered me, and then he started to beat me.” Some people will look at these girls and say it is their fault for not leaving but Linda Lopez says that it is Stockholm syndrome, which is when the person kidnapped holds feelings of sympathy and even positive feelings for those that kidnapped them.
Looking at this article do you believe that these young girls deserve to be put in jail even though they were forced to have sex with these other men?
We learned in chapter two about victim blaming and precipitation, many of which cases blame the woman for: getting raped or...