Creating Awareness of Teenage Prostitution in the US

by Katerin on July 20, 2013

Underage prostitution and human trafficking has received a lot of attention in the media in recent years. However, it is still perceived as a problem affecting only foreign countries such as Thailand, Brazil and Russia. Yet, hidden in plain sight, every day in the United States young girls run away or are lured away from their homes and families and are thrust into the sex trade.

Innocent Flesh, a new off-Broadway play written and directed by Kenyetta Lethridge addresses the issue head. The play is weighty, yet moves rapidly, often with staccato bursts of energy and emotion from the all female cast. The minimalist set allows the actresses to paint an picture in the audience's mind, done so effectively that one can almost image being on the gritty street corner with these working girls and their pimps. Ms. Lethridge grew up in Los Angeles and was a middle school teacher in South Central LA and wrote the play from the experiences she witnessed personally. Her reason for writing the play was to raise awareness to the issue which is often invisible to the average American, even though sex trafficking and prostitution happens in cities big and small across the country.

Check out Innocent Flesh, currently playing at the Actors Temple Theatre at 339 West 47th Street New York, NY.

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