Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in Las Vegas
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 gain a representative portrait of the lives and needs of youth who are involved in exchanging sex for money, food, housing, drugs, or other goods. 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 Las Vegas researchers interviewed and analyzed data from 171 youth respondents between the ages of 13 and 24. When presenting an overview of Las Vegas, the researchers clarified the misconception that all prostitution is legal in Nevada. Prostitution is legal only in licensed brothels, not on the street or through escort services.