Despite what news reports have been saying, the underage prostitution industry isn't exactly as pervasive as it seems. The science behind data showing there's as many as 300,000 child prostitutes has never truly been challenged -- until now.
Village Voice Media recently spent two months researching the truth behind underage sex trafficking. We looked at law enforcement data, first examining the arrests for juvenile prostitution in the nation's 37 largest cities over a decade.
To the extent that underage prostitution exists, it primarily exists in those large cities, however police records show that there were only 8,263 arrests across America for child prostitution during the most recent decade.
That's 827 arrests per year.Compare 827 annually with the 100,000 to 300,000 per year touted in the propaganda, and you have to ask: Where did those number comes from? In short, there's no precise number when it comes to child prostitution.