Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation in the San Diego Region: A Community Assessment for the ACTION Network

Research Summary:
According to the FBI, San Diego is considered “a High Intensity Child Prostitution Area” in part due to being a border community. With research conducted by the ACTION Network, the Criminal Justice Research Division of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and funding support from The California Endowment, this study gives us a better understanding of the scope of the sexual exploitation of youth in San Diego. With the goals of; (1) discovering the scope of this population in San Diego, (2) determining the needs of the victims emotionally and physically, (3) identifying the services available for sexually exploited youth and the gaps within those services, and (4) determining environmental factors and interventions that can address the issues of sexually exploited youth in the San Diego Region, this study helps us begin to understand what is needed in San Diego to combat this issue. The need for further research and progress in data collection is pertinent in order to gain a better understanding of the problem, and the best practices to provide for the needs of this population, as well as effective prevention strategies. This study calls for a multi-disciplinary approach to creating a system that helps to define the scope of sex trafficking in San Diego.

Research Bibliography:
Burke, Cynthia, Debbie Correia, Syvlia J. Sievers, and Sandy Keaton. 2007. Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation in the San Diego Region: A Community Assessment for the ACTION Network. San Diego, CA: SANDAG. Retrieved May 30, 2012 (http://sandiegohealth.org/sandag/publicationid_1316_7196.pdf).

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