Teen escort company
||The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (December 2010)|
Teen escort company, also called a youth transport firm, is a term used in the United States to describe a business that specializes in forcibly transporting teenagers from their homes to various facilities.
As a transport option, parents in the United States are able to hire teen escort companies to transport their children from home to mental health treatment facilities, religious education camps, teen residential programs, wilderness therapy programs, therapeutic boarding schools, boot camps, or behavior modification programs.
Parents may use this type of service when they believe their child needs treatment outside the home, but are not willing to travel there. In 2004 it was estimated that there were more than twenty teen escort companies operating in the United States.
Often teens to be transported are picked up during the night, to take advantage of their initial disorientation and to minimize confrontation and flight risk.
The use of such services is controversial, because the services are subject to little or no government regulation and because they are associated with treatment services which are themselves controversial. For teenagers seized in the middle of the night by strangers, the experience of being taken away by a teen escort company involves considerable stress and may result in permanent trauma.
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- Want your kid to disappear? by Nadya Labi, Legal Affairs, July–August 2004 and Journalism Center Awards: Nadya Labi