Ian Urbina writes for The New York Times an interesting series on teenage runaways, sex, and survival entitled “Running in the Shadows”. It’s a fascinating look at the issue from a variety of angles: the runaways and prostitutes themselves, their pimps, and law enforcement officials.
Strong reporting, with research on the motivations behind teenage prostitution and those who prey on this susceptible population. “Some look 12, some look 30. They all look scared,” the author reports in the video reportage (one of the Times‘ strengths). The pimps see themselves as “talent managers, not exploiters.” There’s a taped phone call from one of the pimps to a teenage prostitute that is harrowing.