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Joan A. Reid

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Chapter 12: Sexual Victimization and the Disputed Victim

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Sexual Victimization and the Disputed Victim
Sexual victimization and the disputed victim
Joan A.Reid

Deep schisms and sharp debates surround sexual victimization of individuals connected to the legal or illegal commercial sex industry. The commercial sex industry, built upon the buying and selling of sexual activity, is fiercely disputed as either benignly beneficial or expansively exploitive. This chapter focuses on several types of individuals involved in the commercial sex industry, giving greatest attention to those engaging in prostitution—a key form of commercial sexual activity. First, the chapter highlights the shifting depiction of prostituted minors who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, from juvenile delinquents routinely arrested and adjudicated on prostitution charges to domestic minor sex-trafficking victims legally guaranteed protection from prosecution. Next, the chapter reviews the ...

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