What Is Child Exploitation?
A child who is sexually exploited or who is the victim of human trafficking is entitled to protection under Massachusetts's law.
“Referring to these youth as “victims of commercial sexual exploitation” rather than calling them “teen prostitutes” more accurately frames the issue and helps focus the response on support services.”
A "sexually exploited child" is one who has been subjected to sexual exploitation because he or she:
- is the victim of the crime of sexual servitude, sex trafficking, or inducing a minor into prostitution
- agrees to, offers to, or engages in sexual conduct in exchange for a fee, food, shelter, clothing, education or care
- engages in common night walking or streetwalking
A child is considered a “human trafficking victim” when he or she is subjected to harboring, recruitment, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting for the purpose of forced services or sexual servitude.
Services performed or provided by a child are considered “forced services” when they are obtained or maintained by another person who:
- causes or threatens serious harm
- physically restrains or threatens to restrain another person
- abuses or threatens to abuse the law or legal service
- knowingly destroys, conceals, removes, confiscates or possesses a passport, immigration document or government-issued ID card
- engages in extortion
- causes or threatens to cause financial harm to any person
"Sexual servitude" includes:
- engaging in commercial sexual activity (i.e., any sex act where anything of value is given, promised, or received by any person)
- engaging in a sexually-explicit performance
- the production of unlawful pornography