Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Las Vegas

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Center for Court Innovation


This report presents findings from a larger national study, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and overseen by the Center for Court Innovation, to fill the current gap in scientific knowledge regarding the size, needs, and characteristics of youth who exchange sex for money, housing, food, or other goods. Based on original research in six sites, including Atlantic City (NJ), the Bay Area (CA), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX), Miami (FL), and Las Vegas, the larger study aims to estimate the size of the population of youth involved in the sex trade; to describe their characteristics, experiences, and health and service needs; to explore what services are available; and to analyze arrest patterns and prosecution and recidivism outcomes when these youth encounter the juvenile or criminal justice systems.

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