What is Child Exploitation

What is Child ExploitationWhat is Child Exploitation

A CSEC-involved youth is one who has disclosed or is suspected of having exchanged sexual activity for shelter, food, monty, drugs, educations, care, or anything of value.  All youth are at risk of CSEC.

Referring to these youth as “victims of commercial sexual exploitation” rather than calling them “teen prostitutes” more accurately frames the issue and helps focus the response on support services.

Sexual Exploitation

A "sexually exploited" youth is one who has been subjected to sexual exploitation because they:

  1. are the victim of the crime of sexual servitude, sex trafficking, or inducing a minor into prostitution
  2. agree to, offer to, or engage in sexual conduct in exchange for a fee, food, shelter, clothing, education or care
  3. engage in common night walking or streetwalking

Human Trafficking

A youth is considered a “human trafficking victim” when they are subjected to harboring, recruitment, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting for the purpose of forced services or sexual servitude.

Services performed or provided by a youth are considered “forced services” when they are obtained or maintained by another person who:

  1. causes or threatens serious harm
  2. physically restrains or threatens to restrain another person
  3. abuses or threatens to abuse the law or legal service
  4. knowingly destroys, conceals, removes, confiscates or possesses a passport, immigration document or government-issued ID card
  5. engages in extortion
  6. causes or threatens to cause financial harm to any person

"Sexual servitude" includes:

  1. engaging in commercial sexual activity (i.e., any sex act where anything of value is given, promised, or received by any person)
  2. engaging in a sexually-explicit performance
  3. the production of unlawful pornography