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NOW on PBS | Fighting Child Prostitution | PBS

Duration: 04:57

Living in the shadows of contemporary American society are hundreds of thousands of underage prostitutes — desperate, exploited kids robbed of their childhood and of hope. The Department of Justice estimates that each day at least 300,000 American children are at risk — on the streets, through escort services and increasingly on the internet. But while the underage sex trade is spreading, some leaders are taking strong measures to stand in its way. NOW ON PBS goes to Atlanta, where Mayor Shirley Franklin has created aggressive awareness and crackdown campaigns that target pay-for-sex customers, or "Johns."

NOW also meets with activists and crusaders working to help young people escape exploitation and get off the street. But getting out is an uphill battle with a very long road to recovery. Can Americans stop a child prostitution epidemic in their own country?



Post Date: June 10, 2008