Connections Between Trafficking and Homeless Youth

In a recent Street Outreach Study funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), homeless youth were asked if they had ever traded sex with anyone for something they needed. About 36% had traded sex for money, a place to spend the night, food, protection, or drugs. Most of the youth who reported trading sex for money did so only after they became homeless.

"At seven o’clock in the evening, they would be asked to leave the building and go back into the cold, dark night. You could see warm cars waiting, and inside these cars, at times, were people waiting to prey on the vulnerable youth leaving our building.”