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Police and domestic sex trafficking of youth: what teens tell us that can aid prevention and interdiction
Williams, L. M.
Year Published: 2015
Journal of Crime and Justice
Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group
Juveniles are more likely to come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems as victims rather than offenders. Yet, juvenile victims generally receive little attention in the criminal justice literature and, for the most part, the actors in the justice system have not been given the tools and resources to effectively respond to juvenile victims. In this study, the authors examined pathways into and out of commercial sexual exploitation via prostitution and police interactions with youth at high risk for or on the pathway into domestic sex trafficking. Drawing from interviews with 61 youths (ages 14-19) who experienced sexual violence as prostituted teens or were runaways at risk for such victimization, they identify prevention and interdiction strategies and clarify the role that law enforcement can play in identifying and responding to teens involved in or at risk for domestic sex trafficking. Modified Author Abstract.