Human Trafficking’s High Toll on Homeless Youth

By  Devon Haynie

Apr 27, 2017 | Uncategorized |

The trafficking of young adults isn’t only a problem in developing nations.

In the U.S. and Canada, nearly one-fifth of homeless youth are victims of human trafficking, according to new studies.

Of 911 homeless young adults interviewed between February 2014 and March 2017, about 20 percent reported being trafficked for sex, labor or both. The majority, 15 percent, were trafficked for sex, 7.4 percent were trafficked for labor, and 3 percent were trafficked for both.

The findings, based on the largest-ever combined sample of homeless youth in the U.S. and Canada, are the result of a joint project of the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University New Orleans.

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