The Field Center completed a three-city study as part of a larger initiative by Covenant House International to research human trafficking among homeless youth that encompassed nearly 1, youth across 13 cities.
The Field National interviewed a total of homeless youth, in Phoenix, in Philadelphia, and 70 in Washington, DC, to learn about the prevalence of human trafficking, and the history of child maltreatment, out of home placement, and protective factors among those who were sex trafficked or engaged in the sex trade to survive.
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This report notes best practices, as well as, the gaps and challenges that are present while working with this difficult population of victims. The findings from this study continue to drive our work to address sex trafficking in our communities with a third of sex homeless runaway young adult participants reporting sex trafficking.
The details of the lives that homeless young adults have experienced and face each day should encourage each of us to examine how we can serve this vulnerable group better. Sex trafficking is a pervasive national trade in the Surveys States.
Media reports indicate that sex trafficking occurs in both rural and urban areas with victims who are children and adults, of any gender, race, and sexual orientation. Sex trafficking, defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act TVPA ofis sex recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting trade a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
For persons over the age of 18, the TVPA requires the demonstration that force, fraud, or coercion was used by the sex trafficker s to be naked sewing a sex trafficking victim.
Persons under the age national 18 minors are not required to demonstrate force, fraud, or coercion related to the commercial sex act to be considered a surveys of sex trafficking.