Panel on Connecticut homelessness reveals depth of issue of kids using sex to survive

HAMDEN >> Homeless youths more and more are turning to what service providers are calling “survival sex.”

“We really have to think that homeless youth are being forced into (human trafficking) for survival,” said Sarah Chess, training and communications coordinator for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. “They’re trying to fulfill their basic needs.”

Statistics show 10 percent of youths in shelters and 28 percent of youths on the streets have participated in some kind of survival sex, Chess said.

One step in helping to prevent this is for housing providers to recognize the signs and be able to give adequate housing for at-risk youths, she said.

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