Hungry Teens Often Turn to Sex Work, Theft, Drug Dealing to Get Fed: Report

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
American teenagers are finding themselves resorting to sex work, drug dealing, and theft in order to feed themselves, according to a new study that finds family poverty has increased around the country.

Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Urban Institute used the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data to estimate that 6.8 million people ages 10 to 17 struggle to feed themselves, including 2.9 million who have “very low food security.”

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