Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains

Paperback | January 12, 2016

byAlexandra Lutnick

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The domestic sex trafficking of minors is a problem of growing concern yet little critical attention. This book analyzes the forces behind the sex-trafficking industry in the United States and provides a much-needed reference for practitioners. It adopts a holistic approach, pursuing a nuanced exploration of these young people's experiences, their treatment, and outside efforts to combat sex trafficking.

The book features interviews with service providers and experts, and incorporates recent research, thereby mapping the complex factors associated with young people's involvement in trading sex and the social connections that facilitate their behavior. It considers the experiences of both those who "choose" sex work and those who are forced into it by circumstances or third parties, and it discusses the networks of friends and close acquaintances who introduce newcomers to the trade. In addition, it takes a hard look at how local and federal responses to trafficking increase young people's vulnerability to trading sex. Urging policymakers and practitioners to move beyond the simple framework of "rescuing" victims and "punishing" villains, this book calls for policies and programs that focus on the failure of social and cultural systems and respond better to the young people caught in this web.

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The domestic sex trafficking of minors is a problem of growing concern yet little critical attention. This book analyzes the forces behind the sex-trafficking industry in the United States and provides a much-needed reference for practitioners. It adopts a holistic approach, pursuing a nuanced exploration of these young people's exper...

Alexandra Lutnick is a senior research scientist for the San Francisco-based Urban Health Program at RTI International's Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Research Division. Her research interests include the sex industry, trafficking, human rights, criminalization, and substance abuse.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231169213

ISBN - 13:9780231169219

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and TablesAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. Timing of Initiation: Routes Into and Reasons for Involvement in Sex Trades3. Linked Lives: Third Parties, Violence, and Transitions in Involvement4. Service Needs and Microsystem Challenges5. Mesosystem Challenges: Interactions Between Case Managers and Other Systems6. From Criminalization to Decriminalization: Local Responses to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking7. Macrosystem Challenges: The Impact of Policies and Culture8. ConclusionAppendix A: Study Site InformationAppendix B: Methodological ProcessAppendix C: Case Narrative Interview GuideAppendix D: Qualitative Analysis Code ListAppendix E: Sample CharacteristicsNotesReferencesIndex

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Readers interested in the sex trade and sex trafficking issues will find this book a valuable resource.