Emeritus Faculty > Richard Estes, MSW, DSWEmeritus Professor
3701 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).
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)