“For a ling time, I took pride in not prostituting. My last relapse, I started prostituting on my own,” said B.X., 18. “My mom and dad were both alcoholics. They owned a bar. I was left alone a lot. My mom was drunk when she found me on the street. I had run away. She attacked me and wouldn’t let go. I puncher her in the face. It wasn’t that hard.”

CNN featured images from Girls in Justice and interviewed Ross on his experience meeting these girls, photographing them, and creating a book meant to inform, protest, and educate the populace about the current, flawed state of the juvenile justice system. Thanks to Ashley Fantz for the interview!

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