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NCJ Number: 249953 Find in a Library
Title: Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Atlantic City
Author(s): Anthony Marcus; Robert Riggs; Sarah Rivera; Ric Curtis
Date Published: June 2016
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2009-MC-CX-0001
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of youth in the sex trade in Atlantic City, NJ, is one of six site-specific reports that provide systematic, detailed findings from interviews with such youth at each site.
Abstract: The aim of the multi-site study of youth in the sex trade is to provide an empirical foundation that will inform relevant professionals and advocates on the extent and nature of the needs of youth involved in the sex trade in the United States. Although the Atlantic City research did not produce the statistically representative sample necessary to provide strong demographic conclusions or scientific comparisons, the authors believe that the extensive ethnographic presence, connections, and collaborative key informants in the city with a small resident population and an even smaller street-level sex market makes the survey closer to a complete census than most methods. These findings suggest that the typical minor or adolescent involved in Atlantic City’s sex trade is White, uses drugs regularly, is a runaway from a highly problematic family situation, has experienced rape or other sexual abuse at some time in his/her life, and is vulnerable to street-based violence. Sex market facilitators are typically adults, who derive significant income from the sexual labor of shifting groups of market-involved adolescents. One of the most notable unexpected findings was the relative invisibility of street sex markets. Perhaps this was due to the large number of police in Atlantic City; however, a more probable explanation is the sex market’s use of the internet, which is typical of what is occurring in sex markets elsewhere. Options for a change into mainstream living are limited for these youth; their skills and education levels limit them to minimum wage legitimate jobs, and options for schooling and specialized job training involve a combination of parental permission and support that is not an option. 10 references and appended methodological materials
Main Term(s): Juvenile prostitution
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; New Jersey; OJJDP final report; OJJDP Resources; Prostitution; Prostitution causes; Risk and Protective Factors; Sexual behavior; Treatment offender matching
Note: For the full multi-site report, see NCJ-249952; for the site-specific reports, see NCJ-249954-58.
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