Online Sexual Exploitation

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, in partnership with Youth Catalytics and Green River Pictures, has released a new PSA that addresses the risks of sexual exploitation of youth via the Internet. This PSA is part of a broader project on the early sexualization of girls that Youth Catalytics has been engaged in for over five years. Although concerns about adolescent sexualization have been around for decades, advances in mobile technology and the use of social networking are creating a new phenomenon that immerses young people in many kinds of messages about female sexuality while eroding the barriers between individuals, and all at a time with girls are entering puberty earlier and thus vulnerable longer. Rapid changes in technology and its prevalence in young people’s lives are pushing boundaries in new and often hard-to-predict ways – ways that challenge existing approaches to prevention and intervention. Want to learn more about online sexual exploitation of youth? Check out the resources below.

Internet Crimes Against Children Resources (by State)

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) – Federally funded by OJJDP
Regional Contacts for ICAC Task Forces
Alabama Dept. of Public Safety ICAC Task Force
Alaska ICAC Task Force
Arizona Office of the Attorney General
Coalition to End Arizona Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)
Arkansas ICAC Task Force
Fresno, California ICAC Task Force
Los Angeles Police Dept., Juvenile Division
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept.
San Diego ICAC Task Force
Colorado Office of the Attorney General
Connecticut ICAC Task Force: Internet Safety Brochure
Delaware Office of the Attorney General
Florida Office of the Attorney General: Safe Florida
Georgia Cybercrime Task Force
Hawaii Office of the Attorney General
Idaho ICAC Task Force
Illinois Office of the Attorney General
Indiana Office of the Attorney General
Iowa ICAC Task Force
Kansas Office of the Attorney General
Kentucky State Police ICAC Task Force
Louisiana Office of the Attorney General
Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit
Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Michigan Office of the Attorney General
Minnesota ICAC Task Force
Minnesota Office of the Attorney General: Internet Safety Resources
Mississippi Office of the Attorney General
Missouri Office of the Attorney General: Surf Safely
Montana ICAC Task Force
Nebraska State Patrol ICAC Task Force
Nebraska Office of the Attorney General
Nevada, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office ICAC Task Force
New Hampshire, City of Keene ICAC Task Force
New Jersey State Police ICAC Task Force
New Mexico Office of the Attorney General ICAC Task Force
New Mexico State: Internet Safety Pages
New York State ICAC Task Force
North Carolina Dept. of Justice/Attorney General
North Dakota Office of the Attorney General
Ohio ICAC Task Force
Ohio Office of the Attorney General: Cyber Safety
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation ICAC Task Force
Oregon Dept. of Justice ICAC Task Force
Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
Rhode Island Computer Crimes Unit
South Carolina Office of the Attorney General
South Dakota ICAC Task Force
Tennessee ICAC Task Force
Texas Office of the Attorney General
Utah Office of the Attorney General
Vermont Office of the Attorney General
Virginia ICAC Task Force
Washington State ICAC Task Force
West Virginia State Police ICAC Task Force: PSA
Wisconsin Dept. of Justice/Attorney General

Internet Safety Resources

Stop It Now!: Prevention Resources
Stop It Now!: Internet Safety Resources
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
NetSmartz (Program of NCMEC)
Safe Surfin Central
FBI Crimes Against Children Program: Warning Signs for Parents
KidsHealth, The Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media
Trafficking Victims Protection Act
Love 146: Prevention Resources and Advocacy
Fight the New Drug: Anti-porn Resources for Youth
National Runaway Switchboard
Sex, Etc.: Sexual Health and Relationships Info by and for Youth
Love is Respect: Healthy Relationships and Digital Harassment Info for Youth
Runaway and Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center: Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Resources
FAIR Girls: Resources for Girls Escaping Commercial Sexual Exploitation
National Sexual Violence Research Center: Prevention Resources
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: Relationship Violence and Sexual Exploitation Resources
Protect Kids: Information on Online Sexual Predators
Wired Safety
Wired Safety: Children and Online Sexual Predators 
Family Safe Computers: Online Sexual Predators
Web Watcher: Online Monitoring Software
FBI: Parent Guide to Internet Safety
Polaris Project

Research & Statistics on Sexual Exploitation of Children

OJJDP Literature Review: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children/Sex Trafficking
Crimes Against Children Research Center at University of New Hampshire
Crimes Against Children Research Center: Internet Crimes Fact Sheet
Library of Congress Federal Research Division: Internet Crimes Against Children
Journal of Pediatrics: Childhood Abuse, Avatar Choices, and Other Risk Factors Associated With Internet-Initiated Victimization of Adolescent Girls
Internet Behavior Consulting Company: Research and Training on Online Sex Addiction
Catholic Charities USA: Issue Brief
Shared Hope International: National Report
U.S. Department of Justice: National Institute of Justice Report
California Homeless Youth Project: Issue Brief
National Academy of Sciences: Sexual Predators: Know the Enemy
Pure Sight: Online Predator Statistics
American Psychologist: Online Predators and their Victims: Myths, Realities and Implications for Practice
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Online Abuse Study
National Alliance to End Homelessness: Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Homeless Youth Brief
National Alliance to End Homelessness: Homeless Youth and Sexual Exploitation Research Report
National Alliance to End Homelessness: Best Practices with Homeless LGBTQ Youth
National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: National Plan
National Network for Youth: Fact Sheet on Unaccompanied Youth and Sexual Exploitation
Psychology in Action: Myths and Facts about Online Sexual Predators
University of Southern California: Human Trafficking Online: The Role of Social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds

Sexual Exploitation in the Media

Exploited Boys in SF Disappear from View (The Bay Citizen, September 19, 2012)
The Internet and Child Abuse Offenders, An Opinion Piece (Social Work Social Care & Media, UK, Sept. 14, 2012)
Human Trafficking and Homeless Youth in North Texas (The Examiner, August 29, 2012)
Innocence Lost: Gangs and Sex Trafficking (National Sexual Violence Research Center, July 26, 2012)
News Release: FBI’s Innocence Lost Partners with RHY Grantees (Family & Youth Services Bureau, January 18, 2012)
Video: Child Sex Trafficking, Story of a Girl Who Escaped (FAIR Fund, September 2, 2010)
Video: Interview with Anti-Sexual Exploitation Counselor (Wichita, KS Children’s Home, July 28, 2010)
The Predator Fear (PBS Frontline, January 22, 2008)