McNeal, Brittani A. (2020). Correlates of Exchanging Sex for Drugs or Money for Adolescent Males: A Hidden Population. Journal of Homosexuality.
Research from prostitution, sex trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) literature have found risk factors that can lead to both male and female youth becoming involved in this sex trade. These behaviors have been clearly defined and institutions have begun to address known risk factors. Youth who have reported involvement in trading/exchanging sex still remain hidden with limited information known about this group. The exchanging/trading sex literature has failed to explore correlates of involvement for adolescent males. This study explores factors found in prior research related to prostitution, sex tracking, and CSE to begin to understand adolescent males who exchanged sex for drugs or money. A secondary data analysis was used to examine the exchange of sex for male youth aged 12 to 18 in the United States. Results reveal that sexual activities were significant in predicting exchanging sex indicating a need for a more in-depth analysis of current and potential correlates for males.
Journal of Homosexuality
McNeal, Brittani A.