mittee’s workshops and site visits1 to formulate a number of key findings and conclusions that are highlighted in the preceding chapters. In this final chapter, those findings and conclusions are consolidated into five overall conclusions. Those conclusions in turn serve as the foundation for the committee’s recommendations for a coordinated, multisector response to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States.
The committee’s recommendations include strategies for increasing awareness and understanding among professionals and the public, including children and adolescents; for strengthening the law’s response, as well as research, interventions, and collaboration among essential partners; for evaluating current and future programs; and for creating a digital information-sharing platform to promote communication and coordination among providers, professionals, and the public. Also provided is guidance on key implementation strategies for the committee’s recommendations by an array of individuals and entities.
As this report demonstrates, the United States is in the very early stages of recognizing, understanding, and developing solutions for commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors. After reviewing the evidence, the committee came to the following overall conclusions:
• There is substantial and compelling evidence that commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States are serious problems with immediate and long-term adverse consequences for children and adolescents, as well as for families, communities, and society as a whole.
• Efforts to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States are essential but largely absent.
• Efforts to identify and respond to the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States are emerging, with some noteworthy examples, but efforts to date are largely undersupported, insufficient, uncoordinated, and unevaluated.
1The committee acknowledges that this report cannot include all noteworthy activities currently under way to prevent, identify, and respond to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States. However, the committee made every attempt to learn about and document a broad array of strategies, programs, policies, and laws for this study. Any exclusions or omissions should not be viewed as intentional, but as a function of the time and resources available for this study and/or the visibility of various activities across the nation.