Commercial Sexual Exploitation: An Analysis of Prostitution in Kansas City
Prostitution arrest records provided by 11 different law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City area during the years of 2011 through 2015 are used as a means for analysis of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) within the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area. Arrests were coded into three types of CSE involvement: victim, buyers and traffickers. Demographical information on age, sex, and race of arrestees revealed that CSE victims were younger than buyers and traffickers and were more likely to be female. Statistically significant relationships were found between race and type of CSE involvement, a finding that is consistent with literature regarding the highly racialized nature of CSE. Capture recapture statistical methods, a technique used to estimate hard to reach populations, were used to produce a population estimate of adult CSE victims within the areas of the reporting police agencies (an area that covers 86.1% of the Kansas City MSA population). Using these methods, it is estimated that the number of adult CSE vicitms in this area ranges from 2,830 to 3,275 persons.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Appendix A. Missouri Revised Statutes -- Appendix B. Missouri Charge Code Manual