Millions of American teenagers are at risk of running out of food or don’t have access to affordable, healthy food.
Some of them are so desperate, they’re selling their bodies and committing crimes to go to jail to ensure regular meals, according to an Urban Institute study.221
The study found at least 6.8 million people were “food insecure,” meaning they didn’t have reliable access to affordable, healthy food. Another 4 million were in “marginally food secure” households, where the “threat of running out of food is real.”
All of the 10 communities surveyed in focus groups mentioned teens using sex to pay for meals. Eight of the 10 mentioned criminal acts, ranging from shoplifting to drug dealing, to pay for food. And widespread scrutiny around surrounding hunger often prevented teens from opening up.
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Time For Truth: (Circa) – Millions of American teens are at risk of starving, and some are trading sex for food