Thursday, February 20, 2014

Foster Care and Prostitution

To the Editor:
In “When Emily Was Sold for Sex” (column, Feb. 13), Nicholas Kristof draws attention to the sex trafficking of runaways. It should also be noted that children in foster care make up a significant portion of runaways, and are especially vulnerable to sex trafficking.
There is a strong connection between homelessness and prostitution, the endpoint of sex trafficking. All too often children in foster care already feel homeless and “graduate” into homelessness. It is my hope that our progressive new mayor will devote resources toward addressing the problems of these most vulnerable of children.
New York, Feb. 14, 2014
The writer is a board member of Prostitution Research and Education.

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