Sex Purchase Prevalence Study: Valid Estimates of Demand and Actionable Information (ASUF 30006251)

Project: Research project

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Sex Purchase Prevalence Study: Valid Estimates of Demand and Actionable Information (ASUF 30006251) Sex Purchase Prevalence Study: Valid Estimates of Demand and Actionable Information Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States (National Academy of Sciences, 2013) provides a comprehensive review of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the United States.3 Chief among its recommendations is the need for immediate research on the demand for commercial sex including scholarly investigations of the scope of the problem, individual characteristics and motives of solicitors, and the social context within which purchasing occurs. Echoing these sentiments, participants of the Child Sex Trafficking course offered by AATTAP assert that demand interventions are hindered within many agencies (law enforcement, probation, child welfare) by a lack of firm numbers on the scope of the problem. This is compounded by the common perception that demand and trafficking are not a problem in my area. In short, professionals and practitioners need evidence of the demand problem to convince policy makers to commit resources to the issue. During the past 10 years a number of studies have addressed demand, but there is limited evidence to support empirically derived estimates, solicitor preferences or effective prevention/intervention strategies. This study will address two primary issues purchasing patterns and demand estimation.4 Using multiple data sources, the research will examine the prevalence and frequency of commercial sex purchasing within 25 geographical areas and develop a Demand Benchmark Report for each location. These reports will provide critical information to policy makers and practitioners on the nature and scope of demand within their area, their current demand reduction policies and recommendations for effective strategies to address illegal commercial sex purchasers. Refining this estimation technique and reporting format through this study, the model will be replicable and scalable to any community.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/144/30/17

Funding

  • Demand Abolition Hunt Alternatives Fund: $124,898.00

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