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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Indicators and Recommended Inquiries and Responses for Social Workers

Citation

Klein, L. B.; Chesworth, Brittany R.; Rizo, Cynthia Fraga; Franchino-Olsen, Hannabeth; Croft, Chris; Macy, Rebecca J.; & Martin, Sandra L. (2021). Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Indicators and Recommended Inquiries and Responses for Social Workers. Social Work, 66(3), 265-268.

Abstract

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a significant social problem in the United States. As defined by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), sex trafficking includes “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commer cial sex act” (p. 1). Victims under the age of 18 years are not legally able to consent to commercialized sex; therefore, evidence of force, fraud, coercion, or deception is not necessary to establish acts as CSEC (Adelson, 2008). Although we know that CSEC can result in negative physical, psychological, developmental, and social consequences for victims (Greenbaum & Crawford Jakubiak, 2015), we have no credible statistical estimates of the number of children victimized annually by CSEC even though cases have been identified in all 50 states across many demographic groups (Stransky & Finkelhor, 2008).

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sw/swab017

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2021

Journal Title

Social Work

Author(s)

Klein, L. B.
Chesworth, Brittany R.
Rizo, Cynthia Fraga
Franchino-Olsen, Hannabeth
Croft, Chris
Macy, Rebecca J.
Martin, Sandra L.

Article Type

Commentary

Continent/Country

United States of America

State

Nonspecific

ORCiD

Franchino-Olsen - 0000-0003-4700-5100