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Cook County State's Attorney Talks Child Prostitution to Senate Panel

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Cook County’s State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is pushing for more federal funding to combat child prostitution. Alvarez testified before a U.S. Senate committee on human rights today in Washington, D.C. She says many victims of child prostitution don’t turn in their abusers because they rely on them for food or clothing.

ALVAREZ: It’s clear that when vulnerable young women are equating the trade of sex for a deli sandwich, we almost realize the agonizing human toll this problem is taking in our young generation and potentially generations to come. These juveniles are engaging in survival sex.

Alvarez says more funding is necessary to help crack down on child prostitution. She cites a study saying 73 percent of Chicago-area women who are involved in the sex trade started before they were 18.

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