2016 | Kate Price and Keith Gunnar Bentele

This article details the recent proliferation of state-level  child sex trafficking legislation in the U.S. It first focuses on the history of CSEC (commercially sexually exploited children) legislation in the United States by contextualizing the history of state anti-trafficking laws within the larger anti-trafficking policy framework of federal U.S. statutes and United Nations’ (U.N.) protocols. The second and third sections address the variables, statistical model, and results of our data analysis. The fourth section discusses the implications of these findings. The article concludes with practical considerations for future CSEC legislative efforts on the state level.