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Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding
“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.” – William Lloyd Garrison   Introduction Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking and MANY, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, offers this toolkit as a resource for multidisciplinary professionals, policy makers, volunteers, faith communities, and others involved in anti-trafficking work. Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding provides information on a variety of topics related to human trafficking with a specific focus on mentoring for commercial sexual exploitation victims. [Read further...]
How Mentoring Supports the Healing Journey for Victims and Survivors of CSEC
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington   People need people. We are social creatures! Each of us needs someone to encourage us when things go wrong and to cheer for us when we have success. So often it is others who see our potential and remind us of our worth. For youth who are at risk for [Read further...]
Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity This literature review by David DuBois and Jennifer K. Felner at the University of Illinois at Chicago examines research on mentoring for youth with experiences of or at high risk of commercial sex activity and sexual exploitation. It presents information around documented effective practice and implication for practice. To read the full literature review, click here: Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity
Data Storytelling: Effectively Communicating a Problem by Measuring How Many People are Affected
This guest post was written by Tina Kelley, a speaker at Connection 2014 when she was writer-in-residence at Covenant House International.  In her presentation at Connection she spoke of the importance of telling the stories of the youth your agencies serve, as well as learning the lessons from our inevitable failures in telling those stories. She spoke of the young people she and Covenant House President Kevin Ryan interviewed for their national bestseller, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. You can watch a portion of her presentation below, or watch the full presentation. In this post, she [Read further...]
Sex Trafficking in the United States Issue Brief
“Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at U.S. Citizen Victims,” an Issue Brief released on May 28, 2015, provides crucial insight into the realities of sex trafficking in the U.S. based largely on experiences reported by U.S. citizen survivors. The brief highlights key aspects of the U.S. sex trafficking industry, including how U.S. citizen victims are recruited and controlled, the relationships between victims and traffickers, common venues where sex trafficking occurs, and survivors’ level of access to opportunities for assistance. Based on information reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and Polaris’s BeFree Textline in [Read further...]
This study, published by the WestCoast Children’s Clinic, describes the characteristics of sexually exploited minors (SEM) by building a body of knowledge around SEM in the larger community. Situating the youths’ experience within the framework of complex trauma, it illustrates how their characteristics and behaviors are adaptations to trauma and symptomatic of ongoing abuse. West Coast Children’s Clinic Research in Action
As victim identification continues to be an ongoing challenge for the anti-trafficking field, it is increasingly important for trafficking victim service providers to strategically reach out and engage other service fields that are highly likely to come into contact with potential victims of human trafficking in their daily work. Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are at high-risk to both labor and sex trafficking due to their age, likely histories of trauma, displaced living situations, and lack of access to traditional support networks. The entire field designed to serve the RHY population is a critical example of a robust national network [Read further...]
Developed by the Polaris Project, this provides a list of red flags to looks for in a potential situation of human trafficking. Read more  
Based on interviews with 283 youth in New York City, this is the first study to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men (YMSM); and young women who have sex with women (YWSW) who get involved in the commercial sex market in order to meet basic survival needs, such as food or shelter. The report documents these youth’s experiences and characteristics to gain a better understanding of why they engage in survival sex, describes how the support networks and systems in their lives have both helped them and [Read further...]
Katie had been in Baltimore less than 24 hours when police burst into a Linthicum hotel room during a prostitution sting in May 2011. Her arrest that day brought a mix of fear and relief. The young woman, originally from Texas, had worked in prostitution on and off since she was 13 — when she was trafficked by her first pimp. Eight years later, she would turn 21 in jail. Katie eventually found social services that she said helped her get her life straightened out. But she still had prostitution charges on her record, and they weighed heavily on her [Read further...]