Title

Detention Experiences of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Survivors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-4-2020

Publication Title

Feminist Criminology

First page number:

1

Last page number:

18

Abstract

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) harms youth around the globe. In the United States, most states manage CSEC victims through the juvenile justice system. Once the youth enter the system, little is known about how being detained for prostitution and solicitation charges impacts them. This study explores how CSEC survivors in Nevada experience detention through a qualitative content analysis of 36 interviews with formerly detained young women. This article offers pivotal findings revealing patterns of stigmatization, turning points, obstacles, and relational breakthroughs while in detention. Treatment suggestions, proposed by the interviewees themselves, are also provided.

Keywords

CSEC youth; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice system

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Juvenile Law | Law Enforcement and Corrections

Language

English

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