"The new documentary and book chronicle the shocking sex lives of teen girls. You'll be surprised to learn what activities they engage in and why they do it. Hear from the author and filmmaker, Sharlene Azam, and find out why other girls may be the biggest threat to your daughters safety. Sharlene Azam examines the recent emergence of teenage prostitution in affluent suburbs. Middle class girls as young as 12 are having sex with up to seven men a night, several times a week, so they can go shopping. This book and film are a wake up call for parents showing them how girls are groomed by our culture into seeing sex as "no big deal" and the attention-getting behavior that is leading some girls into trading sex for money, drugs or clothes."
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From the filmmaker, from the prologue to the book:
"I'd begun having threesomes at a really young age" - Rachael,16
"Oral Sex Is The New Goodnight Kiss is about the growing phenomenon of middle-class girls trading sex for money, drugs and luxury goods. “I can work at KFC and make 100 bucks a week, or I can make $400 a night for sex,” Lauren, 15, explained. Lauren was part of an Edmonton high school prostitution ring – one involving over 50 girls.
Curious to learn how girls, who attend school and live at home, are lured into the sex trade, I interviewed teachers and counselors at schools across Canada. I discovered that school girls are working as “recruiters” in exchange for money or drugs. They befriend girls at their school then introduce them to pimps.
Some of the prettiest girls from the most successful families are prostituting. They are being targeted at their schools and at malls – places we consider safe. And, the predator is often an acquaintance. “The youngest girl I recruited for prostitution was 10. I didn’t care. I would just bring in all these stupid little girls,” explained Leigha, 15. Of the high school girls he was prostituting, Luu Dang, 35, says, “White girls don’t really mind having sex with men for money. They’re not like Chinese girls. White girls only care about money”.
Girls live in a culture where sexuality is tied to celebrity, status and money. What happens to young girls who are conditioned to feel empowered only when they are the sexual center of attention? “When you see really hard solid men lose their shell, that’s really a powerful thing and it is all the time whatever kind of sex it is. I never knew I had so much power,” explains Rachael, 16. “Both my girls crave the spotlight. They love being the center of attention,” explains Gwen, a biologist. “As a mother you really don’t want to think your kid can trade sex, but I knew [Rachael] was engaging in all kinds of sexual behaviors and guys would buy her clothes for sure. It’s interesting that she thought trading sex was a form of being powerful because to me it’s the ultimate in submission – selling your body.”
What happens to girls who are sexually bullied throughout elementary and high school? Angie, says, “[Lauren] felt as though she was branded when she lost her virginity and that she can’t shake the slut label. I think when you are treated like a sex object, and called names, you believe that that is all you are worth”.
All of the girls I interviewed who have had sex in exchange for money, drugs or merchandise are nice girls, pretty girls from good neighborhoods – girls who could be your own daughters, nieces, sisters, friends, neighbors."
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