Sis­ters work­ing the streets reach out to find an es­cape

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY » I’m 19 and my sis­ter is 16. We have been work­ing as pros­ti­tutes here in our state and in sev­eral nearby ones. We know we need help, but we are afraid to ask for it. Hot­lines and traf­fick­ing pro­grams have called the po­lice on friends of ours who reached out for help. How can we get help with­out be­ing forced to tes­tify against my boyfriend and our other friends? — Teri

DEAR TERI » I’m glad you wrote be­cause there is help for you. Con­tact an or­ga­ni­za­tion called Chil­dren of the Night. It has helped thou­sands of young peo­ple like you and your sis­ter. Its toll-free phone num­ber is (800) 551-1300, ext. 0, and it is staffed 24/7.

Chil­dren of the Night is pri­vately funded and does not call the po­lice on sex-traf­fick­ing vic­tims. Once away from “the life,” you and your sis­ter will be able to study for your high school diploma on­line by email­ing wow@chil­drenofthenight.org. If you would like more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.chil­drenofthenight. org and see for your­self. I wish you luck and an easy es­cape from “the life.” You and your sis­ter are in my thoughts and prayers.

DEAR ABBY » I have a dilemma, and I need to know who’s right. My boyfriend of 2 1/2 years wants me to move into his apart­ment, but he says I can’t live there for free. He wants me to pay half the rent, ca­ble, wa­ter and elec­tric bills. I’m OK with the ca­ble, wa­ter and elec­tric. But I say the rent is the same whether I’m there or not, and I don’t think I should have to pay rent on HIS place. It would be dif­fer­ent if we were mar­ried. What do you think? Who’s right?

— Maybe mov­ing in

DEAR MAYBE » You are an in­de­pen­dent young woman liv­ing in the 21st cen­tury, and as such, you should carry your share. That the two of you are not mar­ried is even more rea­son why you should share the cost of the rent.

What your ques­tion shows me is, if the re­la­tion­ship evolves fur­ther and you con­sider mak­ing it per­ma­nent, that pre­mar­i­tal coun­sel­ing could help you and your boyfriend avoid some pit­falls later. Dis­agree­ments about money of­ten cause mar­riages to fail.

DEAR ABBY » My sis­ter says it’s rude to ar­rive at a party at the time spec­i­fied on the in­vi­ta­tion. She in­sists that if the time stated is 8 p.m., you shouldn’t ar­rive be­fore 8:30. I dis­agree, and I told her I be­lieve that guests should ar­rive on time and to be late is dis­re­spect­ful. Her re­sponse was that I am be­hind the times. Please let me know who is cor­rect. — On time in florida

DEAR ON TIME » De­pend­ing upon the type of party it is, there is lee­way. If it’s a cock­tail party, guests who pre­fer not to stand around drink­ing for hours may choose to ar­rive late. How­ever, if it’s a din­ner party, the guests should show up promptly so the meal can be served when it’s ready. Some­times a guest may be 15 or 20 min­utes late be­cause of un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, but if some­one is de­layed for more than that, the host should be called and warned so the din­ner can pro­ceed with­out be­ing ru­ined.

Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

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