The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys in the US

Picture: Khotan (CC)

Picture: Khotan (CC)

Cameron Conway posts at the Good Men Project:

On 30 March 2013, ECPAT-USA, a policy organization that fights against the commercial exploitation of children, released a groundbreaking and desperately important report titled “And Boys Too.” The entire report can be downloaded as a PDF directly from their website. Here are some take-home points:

(1) “Most significantly, responses from service providers clearly indicate that the scope of CSEB (commercial sexual exploitation of boys) is vastly under reported, that commercial sexual exploitation poses very significant risks to their health and their lives; that gay and transgenders are over-represented as a proportion of the sexually exploited boys; and that there is a shortage of services for these boys.”

(2) “The John Jay College and the Center for Court Innovation study The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New York City in 2008 estimated that as high as 50% of the commercially sexually exploited children in the U.S. are boys.”

(3) “The invisibility of men and boys in scholarly discussions of the global sex trade was analyzed through a sample of 166 recent articles published in social science journals. Most failed to acknowledge the existence of male sex workers at all. When male sex workers were discussed, they were assigned considerably more agency than female sex workers, the chief danger ascribed to them was HIV rather than violence, and the question of their sexual orientation was always addressed, whereas female sex workers were always assumed heterosexual. The results are discussed in the context of world system theory, Orientalism, and heteronormativity.”

(4) “Policy makers and practitioners who are concerned about the growth of CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children) markets need to account for and respond to all of the youth that are swept into it, yet there is scant discussion about boys, and no services for them at all.”

(5) “The majority of buyers are men, mostly white and middle or upper class, professional and married, although some are women.”

(6) “In other categories, such as the age boys enter the life and their race and ethnicity, anecdotal information suggests that boys can enter the life at a similar or even younger age than girls, between 11 and 13 years for boys and young men compared to 12 and 14 years for girls and young women.”

(7) “Of the 40 informants contacted, 18 reported they would serve boys. Of 37 who have provided traffic-specific services, 15 said they are willing and able to serve CSEB and 10 already have provided services to boys. Looking only at organizations specifically focused on CSEC, the numbers are even lower: Only 4 out of 25 will serve boys and only two organizations provided services to more than five CSEB.”

2 Comments on "The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys in the US"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Jun 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm |

    I am always struck, when reading articles about child sex slaves, that these crimes are so foul that, by their very abhorrent nature, they might not get the attention they deserve. I sure don’t like reading about this stuff, but I think that’s the very reason we should all educate ourselves about it. I have never given any thought to male child sex slaves, but they surely exist and surely need some justice.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Jun 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm |

    for decades now there have been persistent rumors
    and some evidence
    that Homeland legislative elites are trafficking in child sex slaves
    mostly boys
    and it is a DisInfo fact that
    Uncle Homeland has the largest kiddie porn database in the whirled
    so I don’t find any of this surprising
    but would be surprised if something was done about it

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