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Sexting is the Least of Our Problems

John on May 29, 2009 at 8:14 am

There has been a lot of ink spilled on the “sexting” craze in which teens with camera phones trade nude photos of one another for a laugh. ABC reports that this is actually pretty mild compared to what some teens are doing. Canadian filmmaker Sharlene Azam documents a world in which high school girls have become pimps and oral sex is “the new goodnight kiss.”

“I ended up having sex with more than one person that night and then in the morning I was trying to get morning-after pills,” one of the girls said. “I was, like, 14 at the time.”

It’s just one of dozens of stories from teenage girls in a new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Sharlene Azam that aims to shed light on the secret, extremely sexual lives of today’s teens.

After four years researching for the documentary, Azam told “Good Morning America” that oral sex is as common as kissing for teens and that casual prostitution — being paid at parties to strip, give sexual favors or have sex — is far more commonplace than once believed.

In the documentary, “Oral Sex Is the New Goodnight Kiss,” girls as young as 11 years old talk about having sex, going to sex parties and — in some extreme situations — crossing into prostitution by exchanging sexual favors for money, clothes or even homework and then still arriving home in time for dinner with the family.

“Five minutes and I got $100,” one girl said. “If I’m going to sleep with them, anyway, because they’re good-looking, might as well get paid for it, right?”

Another girl talked about being offered $20 to take off her shirt or $100 to do a striptease on a table at a party.

The girls are almost always from good homes, but their parents are completely unaware, Azam said.

“The prettiest girls from the most successful families [are the most at risk]. We’re not talking about marginalized girls,” she said. “[Parents] don’t want to know because they really don’t know what to do. I mean, you might be prepared to learn that, at age 12, your daughter has had sex, but what are you supposed to do when your daughter has traded her virginity for $1,000 or a new bag?”

There’s more at the link above. Also, the filmmaker has set up a website which includes this You Tube version of the film. I’m not sure if this is the complete film or just an excerpt:

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It would be comfoting to find out this is all a spoof with child actresses cast to say these things. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s the case. This is how families become the exception rather than the rule.

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