“If someone punches me I just go straight to the ground.” Today, Yoyo is the first paid case manager for Surviving Our Struggle, with 15 clients.
Operated through the long-standing social service agency Justice Resource Institute in Downtown Crossing, the program helps boys who have been driven into prostitution find housing, health care, GED training, and hope.
Partly for this reason, it is difficult to say with certainty how widespread sex trafficking is among boys.
The Department of Justice estimates that boys are less than 10 percent of the victim population, but that only reflects the cases DOJ investigates.
This is great.'" Now, despite owning her own club, Andrews is studying law.
But this is to escape the stress of running her own business rather than the lap-dancing world itself.
I went to a meeting held by these fundamentalist feminists who said, 'We want to save these women from being penetrated on a daily basis.' For goodness' sake – we have a choice about whether we want to be penetrated or not!
She started dancing with friends when she was studying.A footnote to an annual DOJ report on sex trafficking crimes forthrightly admits this: “Men and boys can also be victims of sex trafficking.However, cases involving men and boys do not make up a statistically significant portion of the sex trafficking cases we investigate or prosecute.” Then there are cultural attitudes that refuse to see young men as victims; that somehow they should be able to defend themselves against exploitation."To try and criminalise the men, our clients, is extremely idealistic.They say they're looking at the safety of the women, and want to stop the trafficking, but all it is really is an excuse to close down brothels.
Women's minister Harriet Harman joined the campaign yesterday, asking members of the Women's Institute to help with the crackdown by complaining to newspapers who print adverts offering sex with foreign women.