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Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City

Mike Rempel (PI) Ric Curtis (PI) Meredith Dank, Karen Terry, Bilal Khan, Kirk Dombrowski

June 2006-August 2007 NIJ OJP 2004-LX-FX-0001 ($500,000)

The ethnographic description of the city’s CSEC population estimated there are currently 3,946 CSEC victims citywide; however, a caveat regarding research limitations notes this to be a conservative estimate. Data on demographics address gender and age, race/ethnicity, birth place, and living situation. Data are also provided on interaction with peers, interaction with customers, interaction with “market facilitators” (“pimps”), service participation and needs, contacts with law enforcement, and youths’ reflections on life as a prostitute. Data are also provided on New York City’s criminal justice response to CSEC over a period of 25 years (1982-2006). This covers arrest trends, prosecution, youth characteristics for child prostitution, as well as arrest trends, prosecution, and defendant characteristics for exploitation and solicitation. This study involved a representative sample of CSEC youth (n=329) recruited through a method called “respondent driven sampling,” which has previously been effective in recruiting representative samples of hard-to-reach groups by using intra-group social connections.