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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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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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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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Why do documentaries about prostitution have to include a commentary about AIDS?
31 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is in response to the previous review made about this film. Okay, I can see that you had difficulties from a technical perspective, but to finish your review with a question asking why there was no coverage about AIDS, reveals your ignorance and prejudice against sex workers. This is a documentary about young girls who are coerced into the sex trade, and although AIDS is an issue, it is just as much of an issue for any other person out there who is having sex with multiple partners.

Would not a scene about AIDS be just as "staged" as you say the scene with the mother who got the phone call was?

Who are you to criticize a film that is trying to raise awareness about a critical issue in society? Much less a film that sensitively reveals a harsh predicament that most people could never understand or fully empathize with.

It seems like some people never learn no matter how many documentaries they see...


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