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NCJ Number: 249955 Find in a Library
Title: Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in North Texas: Shattered Lives
Author(s): Marcus Martin; Heather Champeau; Susan Ullrich; Aja Johnson; Kathryn Cardarelli
Date Published: June 2016
Page Count: 58
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 the area of Dallas, TX, 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. The Dallas study included face-to-face interviews with 78 youth, ages 13-24 who engaged in sex for money. Those interviewed engaged in prostitution as a result of their life circumstances; many transgender and gay youth experienced personal or familial conflict stemming from their sexuality and/or gender identity, which then drove the youth to more extreme engagement in homosexual or transgender lifestyles out of desperation. The struggle of the youth, and often their customers, to accept an unconventional gender identity or sexuality bolsters the argument that greater access to mental health support is needed for individuals with unconventional gender identities, as well as their families. The belief that prostitution is a temporary solution to an immediate problem was prevalent, but moving on to more normative lifestyles is made difficult by mental health issues and the lack of education or job training. This report recommends that social service agencies focus on these needs of youth involved in the sex trade; however, low self-esteem due to parental rejection and society‘s negative views of their sexual behavior and sexual orientation have undermined their willingness to seek help from social agencies perceived as staffed by personnel with attitudes representative of normative society. 1 table, 1 figure, and 17 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile prostitution
Index Term(s): Crime Risk Factors; Crime specific countermeasures; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile Risk Factors; Offender profiles; OJJDP final report; OJJDP Resources; Prostitution causes; Risk and Protective Factors; Runaways; Texas; Treatment offender matching
Note: For the full multi-site report, see4 NCJ-249952; for the other site-specific reports, see NCJ-249953-54 and NCJ-24956-58.
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