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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys


Attention to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the U.S. has increased significantly with passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and its subsequent reauthorizations. Understandably, most of the focus of law enforcement, government, media, policy makers, service providers, researchers, and funders has been on commercial sexual exploitation of girls (CSEG). Commercially sexually exploited boys (CSEB), on the other hand, who may be considered too few to be counted or not in need of help or services, has registered as a barely visible blip on the radar. The little attention paid to boys has focused on them as exploiters, pimps and buyers of sexual services or as active participants in sex work—not as victims or survivors.

In this workshop, Norene Roberts will discuss the research she completed for ECPAT USA, culminating in the publication of ECPAT USA’s 2013 discussion paper And Boys Too. Please join us for this discussion as we delve into the world of commercially sexually exploited boys. Please note: previous “CSEC 101” training is a helpful foundation for this workshop but not a necessity.

Presented by Norene Roberts 

Norene Roberts is the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children’s (CSEC) Liaison for the Washington State Children’s Administration (CA), Region 2. In her role as CSEC Liaison, Norene provides CSEC training for CA staff, as well as consultation and multidisciplinary coordination for child sex trafficking cases in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties. Prior to her work with Children’s Administration, Norene managed Catherine Booth House, a confidential domestic violence shelter located in Seattle. Additionally, Norene served as the primary researcher for ECPAT-USA’s work focused on the commercial sexual exploitation of boys in the United States, culminating in the publication of And Boys Too in 2013. Prior to her work at ECPAT-USA and Catherine Booth House, Norene worked as a sexual assault counselor in Brooklyn, New York and coordinated a runaway and homeless youth street outreach and case management program in the Seattle area. 

Recording and Material

Reviewed: April 18th, 2017