Master of Arts (MA)
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Margaret Alexis Kennedy
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The commercial sexual exploitation of children is a phenomenon that greatly impacts the victimization of children. The sexual victimization of children is harmful to children and prior research has found various risk factors related to exploitation. The main risk factors observed in the current paper include prior sexual abuse and/or assault, adverse childhood experiences, foster care failures, race/ethnicity, and running away. The current study used secondary data that collected data from non-foster and foster-involved exploited children to observe how foster care involvement and race/ethnicity affect victimization within the juvenile justice system. Findings confirmed that race/ethnicity and foster care involvement greatly influenced outcomes in the juvenile justice system. Additional findings and limitations are discussed.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children; Foster care; Race and ethnicity; Risk factors; Sexual victimization
Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ra, Christie J.w., "Trauma on Top of Trauma: How Child Welfare Failures Affect Trafficked Children" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4455.
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