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@Ambrose - These kids are lured into sexual exploitation at a VERY young age (as early as 12) where decisions aren't a child's strong suit. Government and the foster care system is partially to blame, sure, but to suggest that these children choose to be exploited sexually at such an early age is akin to becoming a drug dealer or thief, is a major misstep in education on the topic for your part.
Many of these children across the country are runaways from affluent and poor homes as well. They make normal, bad decisions that all children make, then a man promising a better life picks them up at a shelter or off the street with in days or even hours and then the child ends up at a second location for conditioning. From there the pimp/exploiter removes the child from their circles of friends, family, etc - for weeks or months without demanding sexual reciprocation or services - and begins a cycle of dependency where they provide comfort, money, and food. This eventually turns into a cycle of survival where they have no support system other than the exploiter as they have no shelter to return to and the shame of returning home to even friends is usually too great.
I strongly recommend you leave the comfort of your home to the real world and visit one of the many, many great orgs in the Bay Area that work with these brave women (some still under the age of 18) trying to recover from the survival cycle and meet some of the survivors. You'll see they don't have a sassy, in-control swagger that you think - that choice or control you perceive...there's something in their eyes that's deep, and sad and it breaks your heart to come face to face with for the first time and many times after when they share their story with you. The hope is when you see them working hard to engage socially again with both men and women as they try to regain the missing time of their childhood.
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