A Resource for Schools on Sex Trafficking of Minors

A young person's face with a UPC sales code over it.

Want to help the educators you collaborate with increase their understanding of commercial sexual exploitation? Point them to "Sex Trafficking of Minors: What Schools Need to Know to Recognize and Respond to the Trafficking of Students," a brief from the Naitonal Center for Homeless Education. As the authors write, "Youth experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to being targeted for victimization through trafficking; because of this, educators working with homeless and other at-risk students should be well informed about the issue and effective ways to respond within schools."

The brief suggests that the following may be warning signs or "red flags" of possible victimization: 

  • The youth’s lack of control over his or her schedule, money and/or proof of identification
  • Poor health, as evidenced by sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition, and/or serious dental problems
  • Travel with an older male who is not a guardian
  • An abrupt change in attire, behavior, or relationships

NCFY also has resources on sex trafficking of minors. Start with our article on preparing staff to work with trafficked youth or our downloadable brochure, "Bought and Sold: Helping Young People Escape From Commercial Sexual Exploitation."

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, FYSB or the Administration for Children & Families.

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