There's a fundemental problem with the way prostitution is viewed by society. In North America prostitution itself is not illegal, it is communication for the purpose of prostitution that is illegal. Poverty, abuse, marginalization and neglect are just a few of the social ills that trap young women into "The Life".
One of the major issues is that people view prostitution as a victimless crime or one that young women freely enter into as a matter of choice. No one freely chooses a life of sexual abuse, humiliation and fear. Lets be frank prostitution is a business period. It is a multi-billion dollar business that is controlled by organized crime and keeps women in a state of fear in order to keep them working and earning.
What is commonly referred to as street prostitution is only the tip of the iceberg. Young underaged girls are routinely bought, sold and traded on our streets. I've personally removed girls as young as 11 from trick pads and the "popcorn stroll". This doesn't account for massage parlors, escort agencies and those involved in subsistence prostitution (selling sex for a place to sleep or something to eat). Until we start to see this crime for what it is (predators and pimps preying on our daughters and sisters) this crime will continue to occur before our eyes. Who's to blame? We are....all of us for allowing it to continue.