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Title: Voices of the unheard : perceptions of the success of interventions with commercially sexually exploited girls in three countries
Author: Manion, Heather Kathleen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 6541
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2006
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The following qualitative study explored the perceptions of success of interventions for young girls involved in commercial sexual exploitation. It stressed the importance of giving young girls (and their advocates) a chance to express their opinions on intervention strategies affecting them. The study further argued that their voices are crucial to feed into an international discourse on intervention strategies that addresses international aspects of the commercial sex trade. The research focused on three Commonwealth cities: London (United Kingdom), Vancouver (Canada), and Sydney (Australia). Sexual exploitation of children is a pervasive and complex phenomenon. We are now, arguably, more familiar with the extent, process and effects of it. An increase in media awareness and national and international legal frameworks has provided new opportunities to examine the issue locally and globally. Nonetheless, little research has examined the intervention strategies put in place to tackle commercial sexual exploitation and fewer still have looked pan-nationally at the success of those interventions. Primary data collection incorporated interviews and observation with young people and social professionals, police, health workers, and researchers. This thesis also explored the historical, geographic, and soclo-political context of youth prostitution through relevant literature and secondary data and richly depicted youth prostitution and under-resourced services struggling to provide multi-agency collaboration. All too often, overstretched staff within serVicesl acked the resourcest o comprehendf ully or integratet he comple)(Ityo f success or fluidity of macro global issues into their practice. An emerging recommendation from this research was predicated on appreciating the different layers, resulting conflicts and synergies of success of intervention (individual, family/community, regional/national, international). Successful intervention depends on how well success has been defined and agreed by stakeholders (for example young people, practitioners, funders and managers) and an understanding of how those views differ. Since young people involved in prostitution appeared to be becoming harder to reach, the importance of their voice is increasingly paramount and may most effectively and safely be represented by trusted advocates in the different (local and global) forums. The results of this research help to build a case for multi-level dialogue and cross-national collaboration, to address international problems complicating local practice, to better define success, and to share good practice and effective interventions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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