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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Foster runaways risk prostitution

Foster runaways risk prostitution

DCFS taking steps to prevent sexual victimization of state wards in group homes

The foster child who brought down a suburban prostitution ring this summer has pale skin, pink cheeks, laughs often while visiting her biological family and wears a gold butterfly charm on black string around her neck.

Her life, however, has been anything but carefree. On July 8, the 13-year-old girl and two other teens ran away from a suburban Chicago group home for foster children and made their way to a Lombard hotel to meet up with a 25-year-old pimp. The teens were advertised on the Internet as prostitutes, and prices were quoted to potential johns, according to state records.

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