Emeritus Faculty > Richard Estes, MSW, DSW

Emeritus Professor

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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)


Current Projects

  1. The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U. S., Canada and Mexico [more]
  2. At the Crossroads: Current Trends and Dilemmas in International Development [more]
  3. The "Poverties": Competing Definitions and Alternative Approaches to Measurement [more]
  4. Poor Children in Rich Countries: Toward a Resolution of the Paradox [more]
  5. Benevolence and the Stranger: Continuities and Discontinuities in Western and Eastern Approaches to Philanthropy [more]
  6. Reducing Diversity-Related Social Conflict [more]

Recently Completed Projects

  1. Social Development Trends in Hong Kong: The Unfinished Agenda [more]
  2. Philanthropy, Charity, and the Role of Private Foundations in East Asia [more]
  3. Social Development Trends in the Near- and Middle East [more]
  4. Social Development Trends in Transition Economies: The Social Impact of Rapid Economic Change on Central And Eastern Europe, the Successor States to the Former Soviet Union, China, and Mongolia [more]
  5. European Social Development Trends: Toward a New Welfare Mix [more]