By Miriam Goodman, Center for Court Innovation and Julie Laurence, Girls Educational Mentoring Services

  • definition of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC);
  • size and needs of CSEC population;
  • the impacts of trauma and victimization on children;
  • intersections among court, education, heath and human service, and other organizations in addressing the needs of sexually exploited children; and
  • an agenda for improving court performance when working with commercially sexually exploited children.

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Chapter Overview:

Teenage girl cryingGrowing recognition of sexually exploited children’s involvement in the juvenile court and child welfare systems has mobilized many court and community stakeholders to respond to this expanding and increasingly visible population. Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is any sexual activity involving a child in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons. When sexual exploitation occurs, the child is treated as a commercial and sexual object.

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