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Law enforcements' perceptions regarding domestic minor sex trafficking and the involvement of social workers in these cases

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dc.contributor.author Baca, A. L., & Lopez, M. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-13T20:20:22Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-13T20:20:22Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Baca, A. L., & Lopez, M. M. (2016). Law enforcements' perceptions regarding domestic minor sex trafficking and the involvement of social workers in these cases. San Bernardino, CA: California State University. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1382&context=etd
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2807
dc.description.abstract Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is a significant issue that affects children, families, and communities throughout the United States. Due to the illegal nature of the problem, it is difficult for law enforcement to identify victims of DMST and when they are identified it is challenging to provide them with services. Because law enforcement often encounter DMST victims through first response calls or within juvenile hall, it is important to understand the collaboration efforts between social workers and law enforcement in order to provide effective services for this population. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of the perceptions of law enforcement officers regarding the involvement of social workers in DMST cases. This study used a qualitative design by collecting data through face-to-face interviews with 10 law enforcement officers from Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County. This design allowed participants the opportunity to provide a more in-depth explanation regarding the involvement of social workers in DMST cases. The study found that there is a need for social workers to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to provide and advocate for services for victims of DMST. The study also indicated the need for transitional housing or other placement options for youth because the current alternative is incarceration. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher California State University en_US
dc.subject trafficking en_US
dc.subject domestic minor sex trafficking en_US
dc.subject law enforcement en_US
dc.subject social work en_US
dc.subject victim identification en_US
dc.subject collaboration en_US
dc.title Law enforcements' perceptions regarding domestic minor sex trafficking and the involvement of social workers in these cases en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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