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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