Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in the Bay Area
This report represents one of six site-specific reports from a national multi-site study conducted by the Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the U.S. Department of Justice, the study aimed to estimate the size of the population of youth in the sex trade; describe their characteristics, experiences, and health and service needs; explore what services are available; and analyze arrest patterns and prosecution and recidivism outcomes when these yourh encounter the juvenile or criminal justice system. To complement the quantitative focus of the national multi-site report, this report and the five other site-specific reports endeavor to provide a rich qualitative account that reveals and gives voice to the experiences, perceptions, and needs of the relevant population. The Bay Area researchers conducted interviews with 187 youth, from which they analyzed 136 interviews that met their validity and reliability criteria.