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Shocking and gritty, this collection contains firsthand accounts of terror and abuse from prostituted childrenand the law enforcement officers and community activists working to save them. While detailing the necessity for substantive legal and cultural change on the national level in regard to prostitution, pimps, and children's rights, this book also provides encouraging stories of new, pioneering law enforcement initiatives and child-recovery strategies reaping positive results in urban areas inundated with children victimized by sexual exploitation and violence, such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York City, Phoenix, and Dallas. This updated paperback edition includes a new, four-page afterword by the author, with updates on country-wide new laws and initiatives and follow-ups on some of the young women discussed in the book. A call to awareness and action for parents, legislators, and educators, this examination exposes this country's dirty secret.
Julian Sher is an award-winning investigative journalist, TV writer and director, and the author of six books, including Caught in the Web and One Child at a Time. His analysis and reporting on child abuse has been featured in the New York Times and USA Today and on CNN and the BBC. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.