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The mother is absolutely right. Two weeks ago a fifteen-year-old girl ran from Florida and purchased a bus ticket to L.A. Our organization, Thursday's Child, recovered her and brought her back. Cost of the bus ticket—$200. Cost to return her—$5000. She had to be accompanied back and the trip needed to be by plane. Greyhound has their Home Free program to return runaways back home, but only those who are not flight risks. This girl had been raped by two men two years ago and now has a lot of serious issues. Had she not gotten a bus ticket, she would have remained in her area. As it turned out, she sat next to a returning soldier on the bus and had sex with him in the bathroom of the bus. She is now in a treatment hospital and will shortly go into a residential program. How difficult is it for Greyhound to require adult guardians to purchase tickets for minors, even if the minors ride alone? So, while Greyhound helps runaways get back, they also enable them to run cross continent. Not too cool.

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