Juvenile Entry Into Prostitution: The Role of Emotional Abuse

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This study seeks to assess the nature and extent of childhood emotional abuse among adult women in a residential prostitution-exiting program. Regression analyses were conducted to assess the unique role of childhood emotional abuse in the prediction of age of entry into prostitution. Childhood emotional abuse, a history of running away during childhood, and participating in survival-based exchanges of sex were significantly associated with the commercial sexual exploitation of girls younger than age 18, while childhood emotional abuse contributed to predicting a younger age of entry. Results are discussed regarding policy, prevention, and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-579
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


  • age of entry
  • childhood emotional abuse
  • juvenile prostitution
  • prostitution
  • sex work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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