Presentation on theme: "Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children"— Presentation transcript:
1 Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Allison Boynes, MSWForensic InterviewerGeorgia Center for Child AdvocacyApril 10, 2012
2 Pre-TestCSEC victims choose their lifestyle and control their own money.FALSEChildren in the sex trade are not victims.Victims are usually sent to a juvenile detention center initially when they are picked up.TRUEVictims are charged with prostitution when the police arrest them.
3 Atlanta……. 32 streets with the name "Peachtree“ the largest mall in the Southeast - Lenox Squarethe largest 10K race in the world - The annual Peachtree Road Race with 45,000 runnersthe oldest ballet company in the nation - The Atlanta Balletthe second-largest convention center in the world - the Georgia World Congress Center
4 One more thing about Atlanta… One of 14 cities in the nation for the HIGHEST incidence of children used in prostitution.
5 Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Definition:Sexual exploitation of a child primarily for financial or other economic reasons involving both monetary and non-monetary exchanges (i.e. food , shelter, drugs) for activities
6 Is it really a problem in Atlanta? In May 2011:young girls are sexually exploited in Georgia every month.40-90 girls were engaged in street prostitution every monthgirls were represented in Craigslist ads every monthAverage age is years old.25 girls were exploited monthly at major hotels.Can you imagine what the numbers are now?
7 Georgia’s Recent Milestones CSEC TaskforceGA Care ConnectionDept. of Juvenile JusticeDept. of Family and Children ServicesGovernor’s Office for Child and FamiliesA Future Not a PastStreetGraceSenate Bill 69
8 What does CSEC look like? Internet ads (Craigslist; Backpage.com; Sipsap.com; gotfolks.com)Escort ServicesGirls exploited by johns at motels/hotels/streetExotic dancing in adult-themed clubs and/or private partiesParty buses
9 Sample Craigslist AdTWO OF THE BEST IN ATLANTA FROM PANAMA CITY FL. WE’RE HERE JUST LOOKING FOR SAFE, CLEAN, DISCREET FUN... PREFERABLY WITH OLDER WM BUT ALL ARE WELCOME. PLEASE BE SERIOUS BECAUSE WE ARE, BE GENEROUS, AND MOBILE. SURE TO HAVE 100% SATISFACTION . SO COME ON..YOU KNOW YOU WANA.. XXX-XXX-XXXX
10 Example: Parents Trade Girl For Car Payments Couple bought a minivan and they forced their 14yo daughter to perform sexual acts with the dealership manager in exchange for making paymentsAlso forced her to perform sex with 6 other males in exchange for drugs and moneyDodge County (GA), March 2010
12 Sexual abuse in the home Case EvolutionChild: Sally (12yo)Key Points:As we go through the chart, look at gaps where the service delivery could have affected the outcome for Sally.SallyRunawaySexual abuse in the homeSubstance AbuseTruancy
13 Negative Outcome of Service Delivery Suspension for smoking marijuanaDFCS InvolvementServices implemented and Case ClosedChild runawaysProstitutionDFCS & DJJ InvolvementAssessmentSexual abuse revealedServices implementedSchool referral for substance abuse and truancyDFCS and DJJ involved to assess for safety and riskThe assessment revealed the she was sexually abused by her stepfather.Parent decides to move child to grandmother’s residence.Services are stopped (no follow-up from parent),Child runaways from grandmother’s residence.Involved in prostitution.
14 Positive Outcome of Service Delivery School referral for substance abuse and truancy (meeting with school & DFCS to discuss the family)*Factors were identified earlyDFCS and DJJ involved to assess for safety and riskThe assessment revealed that she was being forced into prostitution by her stepfather. Law enforcement is notified timely and a forensic interview is completed)A referral is sent to GA Care Connection for servicesGCCA coordinates with CHOA for a medical exam. Reveals STDsContinuous staffings (MDT, CSEC) about the case.Services are monitored.Victim’s Witness along with the prosecution to assist the client for trial purposes.Suspension for smoking marijuanaMedical exam(CHOA)Staffings(MDT/CSEC)Superior CourtTrialServices implemented(GA Care ConnectionDFCS & DJJ InvolvementAssessmentSexual abuse revealed (GCCA & LE)SallySURVIVOR
15 Current Resources Georgia Care Connection (www.georgiacareconnection.com)StreetGrace(www.streetgrace.org)
16 What’s left to be done? CSEC Taskforce State Protocol Increased collaboration amongst agencies
17 Post Test What does CSEC stand for? COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDRENContinuous staffings are important to ensure the needs of the child and the case are met.TRUETruancy and unaddressed trauma are two risk factors.Exploiters do not advertise women under the age of 18 on internet sites for prostitution.FALSE