Emeritus Faculty > Richard Estes, MSW, DSW

Emeritus Professor

Richard Estes, MSW, DSW - Penn School of Social Policy & Practice3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room C19
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
215.898.5531 (phone); 215.573.2099 (fax)

Dr. Estes is Professor of Social Work and Director of the School's International Programs.

  • Dr. Estes' research focuses primarily on international and comparative social welfare, social indicators, and social reporting.
  • He also is a specialist on issues related to social and economic development, poverty, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Dr. Estes serves on the boards of directors of many international and national organizations and, currently, is President of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS).

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The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

The goals of the project included: 1) identification of the nature, extent, and underlying causes of CSE and the CSEC occurring in the three countries of the North American Free Trade region--the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; 2) identification of those subgroups of children that are at the greatest risk of being sexually exploited; 3) identification of subgroups of adult perpetrators of sex crimes against children—including pimps, traffickers, and adult “customers” of children for sex; 4) identification of the extent to which organized criminal units are involved in the CSEC; 5) identification of the modes of operation and other methods used by organized criminal units to recruit children into sexually exploitive activities; 6) identification of local, state and national laws relating to CSE and the CSEC; 7) identification of international agreements, covenants and declarations pertaining to CSE and the CSEC; 8) identification of the strengths and weakness of the country’s current capacity for preventing CSE, or at least protecting children from its commercial manifestations; and, 9) with governmental and nongovernmental leaders, frame recommendations designed to strengthen the nation’s capacity to prevent and protect the nation’s and region’s children from sexual exploitation. (www.sp2.upenn.edu/~restes/CSEC.htm)