Jodie Foster was just 14


Jodie Foster was just 14 when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Iris, a tough-minded, straight-talking 12-year-old prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s gritty classic. Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) becomes obsessed with trying to protect her, straddling the most human and most violent sides of his personality.

Sees prostitution as. a product of a city’s underbelly.

Brooke Shields’ role as Violet in Pretty Baby is even more scandalous than Jodie Foster’s turn in Taxi Driver . Growing up in the brothel where her mother (Susan Sarandon) works, Violet is sexualized at far too young an age. In one disturbing sequence, Violet’s virginity is auctioned off. The film, which features Shields nude, was deemed “child pornography” at the time. But it had defenders. Roger Ebert wrote that Pretty Baby “itself is not a perverted film: It looks soberly, and with a good deal of compassion, at its period of history and the people who occupied it.”

Sees prostitution as. a corrupting force.

Richard Gere was at the height of his sex-god glory when he played Julian, an escort to rich ladies who loves his life of giving pleasure. until he gets framed for murder.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s satire of ’50s West Germany tells the story of Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a prostitute and cabaret performer. She bets the father of her child (Mario Adorf) that she can seduce a commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl).

Call girls make for good comedy in Ron Howard’s movie starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton as morgue employees who start running a brothel. At one point, Keaton’s Bill tries to define the word “prostitution.” He doesn’t do a great job.

In this ’80s classic, a high school senior (Tom Cruise) gets involved with a prostitute (Rebecca De Mornay) while his parents are out of town. Sex on public transportation and scary run-ins with nasty pimps ensue.

Sees prostitution as. a way for a young man to come of age.

Let’s not mince words: Angel is a piece of exploitative schlock. A Los Angeles teen gets straight A’s at her prep school, but come sundown, works on Hollywood Boulevard. Why? Because she’s been abandoned by her parents. And a serial killer is threatening her life! New York Times critic Vincent Canby couldn’t have said it better: “ Angel will almost certainly turn out to be one of the top sleazemobiles of 1984.” Over 30 years out, that’s still a pretty accurate assessment. Two equally crummy sequels followed.

Pretty Woman is the quintessential "hooker with a heart of gold" movie, but it could have been a lot more depressing. Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy was originally titled 3,000. In that version of the script, Vivian (Julia Roberts) is a drug addict kicked to the curb at the end of the movie. Happily — or not, depending on your opinion — that project morphed into the blockbuster that made Roberts America’s sweetheart. It goes without saying that Pretty Woman romanticizes prostitution. In the world of this film, a streetwalker is just a damsel in distress, waiting to be saved by a man with a cash.

Girl forced into prostitution.

A MORVANT woman, accused of forcing her 13 year-old daugher into prostitution, has been questioned and released by police.

The child, however, has since by placed in the St Judes’ Home for Girls in Belmont.

A relative, meanwhile, has called on acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to look into the incident.

The relative said there was evidence that the allegations against the mother were true, but there appeared to be a “cover-up somewhere.”

The relative said two weeks ago the girl fled her Morvant home to seek help.

She sought out social activist Nekisha Byron, also called Delilah, to tell her story.

The relative told Newsday, the child was bleeding as a result of a miscarriage and was in tears.

The girl also said her mother would make her have sex with different men everyday.

“The girl said she is forced to have sex with different men and her mother collects $500 for every session.”

The girl was found in Port of Spain on Friday evening after police and officials of the Children’s Authority intervened.

An official of the Child Protection Unit confirmed that the girl was taken into custody and questioned. She is expected to be medically examined.

In a video, which was posted to social media website Facebook, last week, the girl said her mother was forcing her, and other girls, to “make fares.

“I have a troubled background and I’m asking for help and nobody’s helping me,” she begged.

“My mother is sending me to make fares on Murray Street (in Woodbrook). I’m telling the police but the police are not helping me.”

The girl said her mother beats her and starves her to compel her into prostitution.

A Facebook page, said to be in the name of the girl’s mother, contained several disturbing posts, including photographs of underaged girls posing in revealing clothing and suggestive poses.

The Children’s Authority on Friday reminded the public that under the Children Act 2012, “Anyone who causes or encourages the prostitution of or sexual penetration of a child commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for life.”

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