Trenton, NJ
Informing and Connecting Engaged Citizens
October 10, 2014
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children/Sex Trafficking

"Commercial sexual exploitation manifests in numerous forms, such as brothels, sex trafficking, mail order brides, sex tourism, pornography, prostitution, stripping, lap dancing, and phone sex companies. The most common forms of child commercial sexual exploitation are sex trafficking, child pornography, and child sex tourism," accoridng to the Office of Juvenile Justive and Deliquency Prevention."

"The Trafficking Victims Prevention Act provides an evaluation tool that rates nations on their efforts and ability to end human trafficking. Additionally, the TVPA sets a minimum standard for countries to follow as they strive to actively combat trafficking through the use of a “3 Ps” paradigm: Prevention of human trafficking; Protection of victims; and Prosecution of trafficking offenders. The degree of traumatization experienced by Commercial Sexual Exploitation victims is well documented. Sexually exploited persons suffer from high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Stockholm Syndrome, memory loss, aggression, fear, depression, anxiety, hostility, anger issues, sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI), physical trauma from beatings, and emotional and psychological trauma from engaging in unwanted sex."

"Organizations such as the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe have made efforts to combat human trafficking (U.S. Department of State 2011). All three organizations implemented zero-tolerance human trafficking policies for their members. Additionally, these organizations developed and regularly implement trainings for their staff on how to recognize, combat, and prosecute human trafficking crimes. However, a large gap still remains between the actual training of individuals and the implementation of intervention strategies identified in those trainings."

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