More than thirty years later, no research agency has seriously taken up the challenge. A recent study (available here: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18358) criticizes the lack of effective research.
Estimates of the scope of the problem range from 1,400 children to 2.4 million. Quite a gap. This is just more proof that its not only politicians of every party at both the state and national levels who simply give lip service to the issue. Academics are just as guilty. The lower figure, 1400, is laughable. The estimate of 2.4 million is plausible. Not having more clarity on the scope of this more than 35 years after first being identified as a major problem is a travesty.
One thing that is beginning to get better is the punishment for the pimps when they get caught. Mackenley Desir was just sentenced to life in prison. Now THAT sentence is appropriate. More judges need to take notice of this and start handing down similar sentences to these predators.