AbstractsSocial Work

Assessing the barriers and gaps in identifying commercially sexually exploited children and the services provided: perspectives of professionals in the Sacramento area

by Rikki Murphy

Institution: California State University – Sacramento
Department: Social Work
Degree: MSW
Year: 2015
Keywords: CSEC; Commercial sexual exploitation of children; Misidentification; Gaps in services
Record ID: 2062963
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/139355


The purpose of this study is to examine the reasons behind the commercial sexual exploitation of children???s (CSEC) misidentification and its relationship with service resources in the Sacramento region. The responses collected reflect perspectives of professionals in the Sacramento region. The research and study findings support the need for an assessment and screening tool, as well as the implementation of a universal tracking system for the CSEC population. These methods will assist in creating a comprehensive response to the need of the CSEC population. The research and study findings suggest a lack of self-identification as a barrier in obtaining resources and services, specifically when it relates to the CSEC???s interaction with law enforcement. Furthermore, the findings identify housing, mental health services, and a more effective delivery system as the greatest recommended needs to better address the challenges faced when serving this population.