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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