I'm sorry Sylvia, but if you are trying to convince me that this child WANTED to prostitute herself, it aint going to happen. It doesn't take much thinking to come up with what kinds of situations force a child to run away and prostitute herself. Kids don't do that for fun.
Yeah, but at what point do we stop coddling the adults who continue to make horrible choices, and start holding them responsible? When I was a teen and realized the awful situation I had been placed in by my parents mistakes, I thought about what I could do to better my situation, or at least not worsen it. At 16 this was my plan-
1. Do not under any circumstances get pregnant. I figured the best way to achieve that was to just not have sex.
2. Do not do drugs of any kind.
3. Do not get drunk.
4. Do not do anything that will get yourself in trouble with the law.
My home situation still sucked royally. My mother was/is mentally ill. My JW father abandoned the family. There was never enough money for luxuries like mortgage, utilities, and a car; and we often went without. But I felt like in all of that misery that was not of my own making there were certain things that I could control.
For the woman with the 12 kids at some point she's got to start living in the here and now and figure out how to move forward. Making excuses for her doesn't help her.