News Brief: Study Shows that Homeless LGBT Youth are More Likely to be Sex Traffic Victims

by Aaron Shepard
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News Brief Study Homeless LGBT Youth Sex Traffic Victims

News Brief Study Homeless LGBT Youth Sex Traffic Victims

News Brief:  Study Shows that Homeless LGBT Youth are More Likely to be Sex Traffic Victims

Covenant House International, the largest privately funded youth homeless shelter in the Americas, commissioned a study from Loyola University’s Modern Slavery Research Project (MSRP) on Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth.

The MSRP interviewed 641 young adults aged 17-25 from ten cities across the US and Canada.  Nearly one in five (124) were identified as victims of some form of human trafficking.  The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.”

Of the 124 trafficking victims, 74 percent reported being trafficked for sex, 41 percent for labor and 17 percent for both sex and labor.  Of the 92 young people trafficked for sex, over a third identified as LGBT.

Those interviewed expressed that they struggled to find paid work, housing and support systems once they were on the streets.  Traffickers then prey on these factors and manipulate them to turn to the sex trade for survival.