A-09 - And Boys Too - The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys in the United States   Advanced

  Human Trafficking   Research   Diversity   Child Abuse (Physical/Sexual)

Attention to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the U.S. has increased significantly over the past decade. Understandably, most of the focus of law enforcement, government, media, policy makers, service providers, researchers, and funders has been on CSE girls. Conversely, CSE boys have registered as a barely visible blip on the radar. Moreover, the little attention paid to boys has focused on them as exploiters and buyers or as active participants in sex work—not as victims or survivors. In this workshop, will dive into the world of CSE boys and explore the cultural factors at play that make identification and service provision so challenging.