Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Six DC high schools offering anti-prostitution program

Bell Multicultural, McKinley Tech, Woodson, Coolidge, School Without Walls and Anacostia high schools are offering programs to teachers and students that raise awareness of such issues as human trafficking and sexual exploitation in order to help identify and combat exploitation of DC's youth.
Powell founded Fair Fund five years ago and has developed a curriculum that warns students about human trafficking. Since November 2007, Powell and three other workers have reached 820 students, trained dozens of teachers and received 56 notes from students, many of them anonymous, seeking help. Some said they were raped by their fathers or know of teenagers involved in prostitution. A few said they were homeless.

Police and advocates say some juveniles trade sex for a place to stay or food.

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