| IndyStar columnist Tim Swarens spent a year investigating the commercial sex trade of children, a lucrative business where
more than1 million kids a year are abused. This is the fourth of 10 columns in the EXPLOITED series. Read the article here.
Nola Brantley is a sex trafficking survivor and advocate in California.
Even though she primarily works with girls and young women, Brantley is
"Sex trafficking of young men and LGBTQ youth is just as prevalent as it
Despite the narrative that commercial sex traffickers prey on girls,
Read full article here: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/analysis/boys-in-the-life/28325
Read: More Awareness Needed
About Boys Who Are Commercially Sexually Exploited, By Steven L. Procopio | June 20, 2017 | Youth Today
Counting the Cost, Boston Pride Guide 2017
The sexual trafficking of boys does not always involve the typical victim-trafficker-john triad.
Sometimes it doesn’t even involve a pimp or third-party.
In these situations, some may see the boy as an offender. However, the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act views anyone under 18 who engages in a commercial sex act to be a trafficking victim. The absence of a pimp or third-party doesn’t matter.
The literature contains references to boys trying to avoid the stigma of commercial sexual exploitation. Boys may portray their actions as a choice and similar to self-employment or entrepreneurship. Holding this perspective helps them maintain the appearance of self-control and avoid association or self-identification as a victim.
Steven Procopio, ACSW, LICSW, with the Brookline, MA-based The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute identifies several ways that boys involved in sexual trafficking define “the life”:
Escorts are “on call” to usually five to 12 male clients. Encounters often occur at a hotel booked by the escort. Clients typically pay escorts by credit card after the encounter.
A Street Worker is on a “track” where boys hang out and potential buyers drive-by. Cash payment occurs up front. The boy and buyer typically drive to an isolated area for the encounter. This is common in Houston and on the West Coast.
Internet “dating” involves buyers visiting websites for straight, gay or transgendered youth. The “hook-up” cost and location is negotiated online. About 45-50% of encounters are brokered online.
Technology enables a variety of commercial sex transactions, including “Skype Sex”. By using a webcam, the youth and buyer can see each other while in different locations. Arrangements are made online and payments may involve a third party payment website to conceal identities.
Club boys are often transported from club to club. Corridors include Washington State–Mexico, Minnesota—Houston, and along the East Coast. Club owners are often aware of the encounters involving “go-go boys” and may receive a portion of the transaction. While “Escorts” are viewed as holding the highest status, “club boys” hold the lowest status.
There is also:
A Drive-by Pimp is where boys are at a location and a buyer drives-by asking if a youth would like to make money that evening. The youth is then driven around the area by the pimp to find clients on the street for encounters. The drive-by pimp gets a portion of the money. This can be a one-time event, with the pimp and youth never seeing each other again.
Apartment sharing involves a man “aged out” of “the life” who has a home with several bedrooms. A youth may live and perform sex work there, paying “rent” to the owner from sex work earnings.
If a youth opens up to you, do not allow your body language to communicate shock or negative feelings. Speak to them in their language. Avoid judgmental terms. Don’t dispute the facts. Don’t blame or shame.
Sex Industry's Shadow Victims, by Nina Strochlic
There might be as many underage boys trafficked in the U.S. as girls—so why is nobody talking about them?
Demystifying the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys - Our Forgotten Victims
Child sex trafficking is a phrase with which most of us are familiar
and in many ways a fashionable topic to discuss in the media nowadays
thanks to the publicity the issue has generated from celebrities and
activists, as well as from websites like Backpage.com and
Craigslist which have sparked furor for allegedly facilitating
Yet, in thirteen years since the adoption of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – which defined anyone less than 18 years of age induced to perform a commercial sexual act as a victim of trafficking and not a criminal – one group has been noticeably and consistently ignored in all of the research, policy and practice…young boys.
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