Recommendations for Social Service Agencies’ Response to Peer Recruitment Amongst Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth
Peer recruitment is a common way that youth enter into the commercial sex industry. Exploiters intentionally use commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) to recruit their peers as CSEC identified youth have easy access to their peers and can gain their peers’ trust easily. Peer recruitment is rampant anywhere large numbers of youth congregate such as assessment centers, group homes, schools, etc.
Although the focus for the past several years has been on female involved in CSEC, it is important to note that peer recruitment can occur with girls, boys, and transgender youth.