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An Essay on the Production of Youth Prostitution

20 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2012  

Libby Adler

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: 2002


Youth prostitution is more multidimensional than one might guess from its most typical depictions. This essay is designed to raise the profile of some of its less prominent aspects – aspects which are not unknown exactly, but which are under-recognized and generally ignored in the context of legal analysis. Many of the most challenging dimensions of youth prostitution are eclipsed by an ideology which fails to grapple with the complexity of youth agency and the consequent position of youth in law. The result is that some kids are left inadequately served and others are utterly unknowable. My principal aim in this essay is to illuminate some gaps in the prevailing conception of youth prostitution and bring some different tools to bear on youth prostitution as a legal problem. The essay will view the matter from an angle not of criminal law in which offenders must be identified but of private law in which economic choices are made against identifiable background conditions.

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Adler, Libby, An Essay on the Production of Youth Prostitution (2002). Maine Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 191-209, 2002; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper . Available at SSRN:

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