This Chicago Criminal attorney thinks it’s about time we begin to dismantle the criminalization of prostitution for juvenile sex workers. It's really not what they want to do.
The Illinois Safe Child Act would ensure that prostituted children receive state and social services.
Lynne Johnson is advocacy director for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. She says advocates are pleased with the measure because children will no longer face criminal prostitution charges.
JOHNSON: Instead children will be seen as victims, deserving of supportive services and that children will receive a safe place to stay and services that appropriate for the trauma they have experienced.
Many juveniles who are prostituting are homeless/runaways. Our young folks deserve better. This new law recognizes the specialized issues of young prostitutes.