In 1943, Abraham Maslow published “A Theory of Human Motivation.” His theory is that humans have a hierarchy of needs ranging from the most fundamental needs at the lowest level to the need for self-actualization at the highest level. Humans can’t reach the next level of “need” until they achieve the prior level.
But today traffickers are using this theory to identify the needs of our youth.
Traffickers may follow a recruitment process similar to this:
Identify the need of the child
Fulfill the need
Remove any other sources of need fulfillment
Exploit the child’s dependence for need fulfillment by forcing them into prostitution