Underage Prostitution Arrests in Los Angeles

in Transnational Crime

In 2010, there were 174 juveniles who were arrested for prostitution charges in Los Angeles County in the US State of California. Of the 174 who were arrested, 59 percent were involved in the state’s foster care system, according to statistics from California’s Department of Probation.

Government officials also stated that some pimps use underage sex workers to recruit other minors to work as prostitutes by targeting their fellow group home residents.

Source:  Abby Sewell, “Most L.A. County youths held for prostitution come from foster care,” Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2012.

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