Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Jeff Unsicker


In any given year in the United States of America at least 100,000 domestic youth are sexually exploited through the commercial sex industry. Current national and state laws do not adequately protect these children from being groomed, pimped, and exploited over and over again in their young lives. A majority of these children are trafficked from, into or within the nation’s most populated state of California. In 2003 the FBI identified three of the country’s 13 high-­‐intensity child sex trafficking cities as being in California. The cycle of violence these children endure is not being brought to justice through the current systems in place. These systems rob youth of their childhoods and futures, increase trauma, criminalize, and throw children into increasingly vulnerable situations often at the mercy of their exploiters. This case study is an analysis of the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act, the product of advocacy group California Against Slavery. The CASE Act seeks to increase penalties for sex traffickers in an effort to restore justice to the thousands of child victims who are not being protected by the laws currently in place.


American Politics | Civic and Community Engagement | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Models and Methods | Other Legal Studies | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Regional Sociology | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Social Policy | Social Welfare