Human sex trafficking is the harboring, recruiting, or transporting of a person for purposes of prostitution. Traffickers use social networking sites to lure victims in a process called "grooming." Past research suggests that sexual victimization online could be associated with online risky behaviors, offline risky behaviors (e.g., substance abuse), poor academic performance, and problems at home, among others. The purpose of this study was to identify those psychosocial constructs that increase an individual's likelihood of becoming a victim of online HST. The likelihood of victimization was estimated by examining participants' reactions to realistic vignettes representing messages from strangers. This study hypothesized that executive dysfunction, participation in offline and online risk behaviors, and poor self-esteem would predict the likelihood of victimization. The results from the 168 young, female participants showed that marijuana use, online risk behavior, and self-esteem were found to predict this outcome. Executive dysfunction did not predict victimization likelihood.
|Advisor:||Carrier, L. Mark|
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Developmental psychology, Psychology, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Human Sex Trafficking, Online Communication, Online Risk Behavior, Sexual Victimization, Youth Risk Behavior|
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