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Very Young Girls (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime | 4 July 2008 (USA)
Very Young Girls, whose title reflects the fact that in the United States the average age of entry into prostitution is just thirteen. The film takes us into the work of a former sexually ... See full summary »

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David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez (co-director)
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Laura Guzman ... (voice) (as Mia Guzman)
Rachel Lloyd Rachel Lloyd ... Herself
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Very Young Girls, whose title reflects the fact that in the United States the average age of entry into prostitution is just thirteen. The film takes us into the work of a former sexually exploited youth-turned-activist named Rachel Lloyd, who started the New York City organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) to help victimized young women escape their pimps and find another way of life. We meet teen aged girls at different stages of this transition. Some have been so psychologically manipulated by their pimps that they feel compelled to return. Others have successfully broken with their pasts. As we come to know these girls better, they emerge as well-rounded individuals full of unexpected laughter and insight. One chilling element the film uncovers is a videotape - confiscated by police - of two pimps recording their activities with the intent of making a reality television show. Later we see Lloyd get recognized for her work at a human rights awards ceremony ... Written by Jonsey

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girl | pimp | award | police | new york | See All (63) »

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Documentary | Crime

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USA

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English

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4 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Swinging T Productions See more »
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title card: In the United States, the average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is 13 years old.
Shaneiqua: I got into the life when I was 12 years old. I was still entering into high school at the time.
voice: I was in the life since I was 16.
Ebony: I was 13.
Martha: I was 14.
unknown: I was 15.
Carolina: 16.
Dominique: 13 1/2, going on 14.
in shadows: I got in it when I was 12.
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Well intentioned, but incomplete and overlong
12 December 2008 | by saneman1See all my reviews

You won't waste your time watching it, especially if you are watching it on TV and you are able to do other stuff while it is on. It does a decent profile of GEMS. It gives us an idea of how messed up our court system is when they convict underage hookers instead of treating them as victims of sexual abuse. But no interviews with prosecutors or legislators of why this is so.

The documentary should have been titled GEMS because it really offers no fresh insight into why these girls turn away from their families in the first place? Yeah, we know the father figure aspect of these pimps attracts them to the profession in the first place. But why were they for the taking? No real insightful interviews with the mothers of these kids were done.

It would have been nice to have seen what it took for Rachel Lloyd to set up her non profit to give us an idea why more of these non profits do not exist.

There was one girl who expressed an interest in becoming an archaeologist, travel to England. The doc really dropped the ball in explaining why someone like this, with good grades, would even be in the position of being approached by a pimp and why she was so quick to fall for his persuasive powers.

It should have been a 45 min to one hour doc at most profiling GEMS.


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