Unseen photos provide a sensitive look at America's early 'working girls'. Written by Dita Von Teese. Women in sexual professions have always distinguished themselves from other women, from the mores of the time, by pushing the boundaries of style. The most celebrated concubines and courtesans in history set the trends in their respective courts.
The number of kids entering the juvenile justice system has declined steadily in recent years, yet girls continue to represent an ever-growing share of those arrested, detained, and committed to custody. In his latest collection of photographs, Girls in Justice , Richard Ross—who has spent the past eight years documenting incarcerated kids—explores the lives of young women in custody. His haunting photos, taken across different detention facilities, illuminate the difficult circumstances absent caregivers, poverty, physical abuse, sexual violence, etc. In the book, for privacy reasons, the girls are identified only by their initials, and their faces are obscured.