“It’s between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today,” actor Ashton Kutcher told CNN’s Piers Morgan. That, says Kutcher, is how many kids are lost to prostitution every year. The figure has been repeated in the New York Times and other major media. The Village Voice reports that “there are not 100,000 to 300,000 children in America turning to prostitution every year. The statistic was hatched without regard to science. It is a bogeyman.”
The Voice says there were only 8,263 arrests for child prostitution in the nation’s 37 largest cities during a 10-year period. That’s 827 arrests per year. Compare 827 annually with the 100,000 to 300,000 per year touted in the propaganda. The nation’s 37 largest cities do not account for every underage arrest for hooking. Juveniles can go astray in rural Kansas. Still, as you move away from such major urban areas as Los Angeles, underage prostitution plunges.