Faculty Articles

Title

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Victim Characteristics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Publication Title

Journal of Forensic Practice

Volume

20

Issue/Number

4

First Page

217

ISSN

2050-8794

Last Page

228

Abstract/Excerpt

Purpose: The commercialized sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), specifically child trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and enticement, has become a burgeoning topic over the past several decades. The purpose of this paper is to determine the characteristics of those victims who were at risk for sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and traveling/enticement.
Design/methodology/approach: This observational, survey design includes a records review of 18 victims who were identified by the FBI Miami Field Office. Case illustrations are provided for a more in-depth analysis of CSEC victims.
Findings: The results of this paper indicated that hands-on sexual abuse and child prostitution were the most common CSEC offenses that victims experienced. Additionally, Caucasian females, between 13 and 18 years of age, were often victimized. Victims more frequently experienced web forms of sexual abuse and engaged in risky sexual behaviors outside of the victimization. Further, the majority of victims in the sample came from a low socioeconomic background and lived in a single-parent home.
Practical implications: The current results, combined with prior research, may aid law enforcement, mental health, and medical professionals in understanding potential characteristics correlated with various forms of CSEC offenses.
Originality/value: To the authors’ knowledge, this is one of the first descriptive studies involving case illustrations of CSEC victims.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-04-2018-0015

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