Due to a variety of factors including discrimination, abuse, and a lack of social acceptance, LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately vulnerable to sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. (Xian, Chock, & Dwiggins, 2017)
Researchers suggest that this vulnerability stems especially from:
Family rejection Abandonment Emotional/physical abuse involving caretakers’ lack of acceptance (Xian, Chock, & Dwiggins, 2017)
According to an analysis of prosecuted trafficking cases in the U.S., two of the most common pre-existing conditions that make underage victims vulnerable to sex trafficking are:
Having run away from home (63%) Experiencing homelessness (9%) (Federal Human Trafficking Report, 2020)
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