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Hungry Teens Often Turn to Sex Work, Theft, Drug Dealing to Get Fed: Report


Hungry Teens Often Turn to Sex Work, Theft, Drug Dealing to Get Fed: Report

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

American teenagers are finding themselves resorting to sex work, drug dealing, and theft in order to feed themselves, according to a new study that finds family poverty has increased around the country.

Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Urban Institute used the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey data to estimate that 6.8 million people ages 10 to 17 struggle to feed themselves, including 2.9 million who have "very low food security."


Hunger in the USA was almost eliminated as a serious issue by the late Seventies thanks largely to gov't programs, especially food stamps. Then Reagan got in and slashed funding.

Now we have this.

Back in 2014 Obama signed a farm bill that contained $8.7 billion in cuts to SNAP. That was considered a bipartisan victory, because Republicans were calling for between $20 to $40 billion in cuts. They are actually taking the food out of the mouths of children.

Maybe the Republicans will be able to somehow find money to build more prisons for the whores, thieves and pushers that have suddenly sprung up in our cities. Better than spending it on something stupid, like food for hungry people.


Here is yet another issue that would be beautifully redressed via direct abolition of poverty by way of liveable universal basic income plus quality single payer. Each could be accomplished by straightforwardly expanding social security and Medicare.

The liveable universal basic income, by today's cost of living, should be about 35-40k per year per individual ADULT. Meaning, when you turn 18. This, however, could and SHOULD include exceptions for early emancipated teens as determined by family court.

In this way - the two groups mentioned - one group getting money for a family - and the other, individual teens living on the street without family- would be covered. The first through the parent/s or parent receiving a UBI, the second group via early emancipation, having sufficient money for living independently with some minimal assistance from a social worker, probably, to help facilitate access to getting on with school, college, part-time jobs or extra-curricular interests.

We spend so much money incarcerating people - and with juveniles, even moreso. In one report I read, costs can be as high as 80K per year per minor in jail. And, if you look at the projected prison budget for California alone, it is enough to provide a liveable universal basic income to every adult Californian resident for a lengthy life and then some.

In other words - the money is there. It's just going into all the wrong places.