Facts for Policymakers: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth
A brief from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network aims to give policymakers updated information and perspectives about the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents (CSEC). Based on a recent journal article, the brief looks at current findings and offers suggestions that could improve screening and treatment protocols for exploited youth.
Screening Tool Helps Identify Sexually Exploited Minors
By the time youth are referred to WestCoast Children’s Clinic for mental health services to help them heal from commercial sexual exploitation, it has likely been going on for years. Despite their having interacted with child welfare, juvenile justice, school, or health care systems, for many of these youth, the fact that they are being trafficked, or sold for sex, has gone unnoticed by professionals in a position to help them.