ONE-FIFTH OF HOMELESS YOUTH ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKIN(FREEDOM UNITED, GLOBAL NEWS April 30, 2018)


The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania has released a landmark study on the link between homeless youth and human trafficking in the United States. Commissioned by Covenant House, the research focused on Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix, making it the largest study on trafficking and homeless youth to date. Researchers also looked at youth backgrounds, including if they had a history of child abuse or out-of-home placement. Researchers found  that 49 percent had a history of sexual abuse as children. On top of that, 41 percent of those who were trafficked for sexual exploitation had at least one out-of-home placement.The report’s other major finding: a)20 percent of those interviewed were victims of human trafficking. This includes 17 percent who were sex trafficked and 6 percent who trafficked for other labor.14 percent engaged in “survival sex,” to meet basic needs such as food or housing.b)Among sex trafficking survivors, 41 percent were approached on their first night of homelessness.c)95 percent of sex trafficking victims reported a history of child abuse or neglect. To read the entire article, click here https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/one-fifth-homeless-youth-are-victims-human-trafficking