Laurie Schaffner

Schaffner is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a Scholar she will take a closer look at underlying assumptions about youth, sex, mortality, and the law. She will be analyzing 250 qualitative field interviews with self-identified young people who had ever traded sex for money or survival needs in the streets of Chicago during the time period 2011 to 2013 as a part of a national seven-city study of the commercial sexual exploitation of children, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice. Through this, she intends to decipher popular vocabulary as we seek solutions to the problem of poor youth exchanging sex in the streets, clubs, strolls, and cars in Chicago. Her research captures a rich sociological view of an issue that affects millions of families and communities around the world, across the nation, and here in Chicago.

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