Mythologies and Panics: Twentieth Century Constructions of Child Prostitution

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Abstract

This paper examines twentieth century social constructions of child prostitutes and child prostitution, the origins of these representations and the extent to which they have been used as metaphors for other perceived social, economic and political problems. It is important to recognise that these children have been sexually abused and that discourses that have portrayed them as either assertive and blameworthy seducers or as abducted and coerced innocents are constructed myths which detracted from recognition of the actual problems these children have faced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-354
JournalChildren & Society
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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