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Youth involvement in prostitution : a literature review and annotated bibliography / Steven Bittle.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue



Alternate Title

La prostitution chez les jeunes : analyse documentaire et bibliographique annotée.



Includes bibliographical references (p. 35-41).


1 online resource (vi, 102 pages)


Issued also in French under title: La prostitution chez les jeunes : analyse documentaire et bibliographique annotée.
Cover title.
"April 2002"--Cover.


"This report is a comprehensive literature review on youth involved in prostitution, with a focus on legal and extra-legal responses to the youth sex trade and the main findings and debates in the social science literature. There is a special emphasis on the research on childhood physical, sexual and emotional abuse and their role in precipitating youth involvement in prostitution. In an effort to better inform future policy decisions, this report will provide researchers and policymakers with a better understanding of the many contradictory issues that surround youth involvement in prostitution."--Page 1.


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1. Introduction -- 1.1. Purpose of the report -- 1.2. Definitional issues -- 1.3. Overview of the issues -- 2. Legislative history and policy responses -- 2.1. Early prostitution-related legislation in Canada -- 2.2. The Soliciting Law and concerns with youth involvement in prostitution -- 2.3. The Fraser Committee -- 2.4. The Badgley Committee -- 2.5. The Badgley Committee on Past Sexual Experiences of Young Prostitutes -- 2.6. Recommendations of the Badgley Committee -- 2.7. The Federal Government’s response to Badgley and Fraser -- 2.8. The Communicating Law -- 2.9. Legislating protection – Bill C-15 -- 2.10. From villain to victim: the context of policy responses to youth prostitution -- 2.11. The advent of Secure Care -- 2.12. Problems with Secure Care as a policy option -- 2.13. Conclusion: common themes in legislative and policy attempts to address youth prostitution -- 3. Social science literature: an overview of the findings and debates -- 3.1. Antecedents of youth involvement in prostitution -- 3.2. Young males involved in prostitution -- 3.3. Psychological issues -- 3.4. Homeless or runaway issues -- 3.5. Violence against prostitutes -- 3.6. Research on customers/clients -- 3.7. HIV-related issues -- 3.8 Exiting prostitution -- 3.9. Aboriginal youth involved in prostitution -- 3.10. Trafficking women for the purpose of prostitution -- 3.11. Miscellaneous international issues -- 4. Summary and conclusions -- 4.1. Legislative history and development -- 4.2. The social science literature -- 4.3. Levels of disjuncture -- 4.4. Recommendations for future research -- References -- Appendix A. Annotated bibliography.


Research report (Canada. Department of Justice. Research and Statistics Division) ; rr2001-13e.

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