Newark shelter: Underage prostitution an ongoing crisis

A Newark shelter says the arrests made last week in 40 U.S. cities by the FBI and local police officers regarding underage prostitution rings show

NEWARK - A Newark shelter says the arrests made last week in 40 U.S. cities by the FBI and local police officers regarding underage prostitution rings show the issue is an ongoing problem. Janette Scorzzo, of Covenant House, says she believes the allure of big cities has a lot to do with young children being lured into the profession. The center provides housing and counseling to children looking for a safe haven from pimps and other abusers. The arrests, which were announced Monday, led to the rescue of 69 underage prostitutes, according to authorities. Two 16 year olds were from New Jersey. The underage prostitutes are considered victims and will not be charged.

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