Monday, April 7, 2008

PHX: Avg. Age of Child Prostitute is 13; Documentary 'Branded'

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - The number of teen girls selling their bodies on Valley streets is growing.

"The average age of the child prostitute is about 13," said Phoenix Police Sergeant Andy Hill. "There's been a tremendous increase in the number of child prostitutes that we arrest. Just last Friday, Phoenix PD went out and arrested eight child prostitutes. It's just a tremendous problem."

Hill said there is such a need for understanding and awareness that community leaders developed a documentary called ‘Branded.'

Hill said the name was chosen because pimps brand their girls like cattle.

To learn more about the movie, visit

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