Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Millions of adolescents and young adults are victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation with severe adverse effects on their health, development, and well-being. These horrific problems occur worldwide in every region, country, and local community, including in the United States. The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law has launched a 10-year initiative to engage health care professionals in advocacy for improved clinical care, research, and policy.

Research Fellowship: In 2010-2011 Abigail English, director of the Center, held a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to investigate sexual exploitation and trafficking of the young and vulnerable.

Exploratory Seminar: In November 2012, Abigail English was co-leader of an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Sexual Trafficking and Exploitation of Adolescents in the United States: Conceptual Framework and Policy Strategies. Her fellowship work was described in the Radcliffe Magazine.

Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Study: In 2012-2013, Abigail English served as a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.

Publications on Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of the Young and Vulnerable: Reflections on a Legal, Ethical, and Human Rights Disgrace

Presentations on Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, April 2011
Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine, March 2012, 2013, & 2014
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, May 2013
International Association of Adolescent Health, June 2013