July 29, 2008 09:15 Age: 6 yrs

Barton Clinic Study Again Cited in New York Times Editorial

The July 29 issue of The New York Times features an editorial on the topic of child prostitution and sexually exploited children. The editorial, the second the Times has done on the topic, references a study on sexually exploited children, specifically in Georgia, that was released earlier this year by Emory Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic. The editorial calls for an expansion of treatment programs for sexually exploited children as wel as broadened community-based prevention programs to identify troubled children before they slip into prostitution.

The July 19 issue of The New York Times also included an editorial on the same topic.

According to the July 19 editorial, child prostitutes – who can prosecuted for prostitution in most states – “would have a much better chance to build normal lives if the country stopped treating them as criminals and began to see them as the victims that they clearly are.” The editorial argues that states need to invest in counseling services and safe houses for these children.

Kirsten Widner, a lead author of the study and a post-graduate fellow of the Barton Clinic, worked closely with the author of the editorial. Widner also was quoted in a recent Washington Post article on the topic of child prostitution.

The Barton Clinic study can be viewed in its entirety here.

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