Recession RunAways #2
The second half of the article that I mentioned the other day ran in the NY Times recently. Here are some interesting points that it brought out.
- Most runaways (1.6 million a year) are back home within a week.
- 1/3 of kids who decide to or are forced to leave home will use sex for drugs, food or a place to stay.
- Congress asked the Department of Justice to get an estimate for how many of these cases there are in America, but since getting that request in 1995, no study has been done.
- The resources to reach these kids are becoming more scarce with budget cuts around the country to mental health services and welfare agencies.
- The longer a person is engaged in these activities the less likely the are to trust advocates, law enforcement and other systems created to help them.
- By the time a girl ends up working with a pimp she is probably already involved in “survival sex” for food or shelter.
- In the past decade an experimental group in Texas has reduced run-away to prostitution by 90%. Seeing this, Congress wanted to approve $35 million dollars of federal money to help other cities recreate the Dallas model. However, President Bush did not see need for it in the federal budget. Thus it was dropped.
These are important things to know for anyone who is working with youth or spends any time working with the poor and impoverished with effects that transcend into many other aspects of society today.