Gang controlled exploitation is the sale of sex by a criminal street enterprise. While gang controlled exploitation has been an on-going epidemic, there has been a struggle to identify and treat victims.Often times, children and adolescents’ mental health concerns are overlooked due to stereotypes associated with gang membership. Victims often enter the juvenile justice system and struggle to address co-occurring disorders. It is clear without the appropriate interventions, these victims fall susceptible to further victimization. This presentation will focus attention towards an understanding of gang-controlled exploitation, screening, assessment and treatment specific to this population.
- Participants will understand the criminal operation of gang controlled sexual exploitation, specifically the victims, buyers and traffickers.
- Participants will understand appropriate strategies for clinical assessment and screening.
- Participants will acquire an understanding of the treatment needs of victims.
- Participants will understand the critical role of collaboration, involvement of family, etc.