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2016 Year 3 Youth Experiences Survey: Exploring the Sex Trafficking Experiences of Homeless Young Adults in Arizona
Year Published: 2016
Arizona State University School of Social Work, Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research
This paper is part of a series, and it reports on the third year of the YES Project.
The Youth Experiences Survey (YES) has been given every year for the past 3 years to homeless young adults (age 18-25) in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The study targeted homeless young adults in transitional housing, drop-in centers, and on the streets. A six-page survey was distributed to homeless young adults over two weeks in July 2014, July 2015, and August 2016 by staff from four agencies serving homeless youth. Findings provide insight into the needs of homeless young adults as well as data on the scope and complexity of their challenges, including the sex trafficking experiences of these young people. In this 35-page report, the authors start with overall results from the 2016 survey, and then compare data for respondents who reported they had been sex trafficking victims with non-sex trafficked respondents in the 2016 sample. Finally, they present comparisons of 2014, 2015, and 2016 surveys for those who reported sex trafficking experiences. Modified Author Abstract.