More Resources to Identify and Provide Assistance to Youth Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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Last week, we shared two ways for your agency to learn about the commercial sexual exploitation of young people. Now that you know more about the issue, we’d like to present two more steps you can take to better identify, understand, and serve victims and survivors.

  • Read “The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families—Adapted for Youth who are Trafficked.Compiled by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), this list helps readers better understand the impact of trafficking on young people, their families, and their broader caregiving system. Young people who have been sexually exploited may find it difficult to distinguish between safe and unsafe situations, for example, even after they’ve been distanced from their trafficker. Want more NCTSN resources to help you serve trafficking survivors and their families? Make sure to keep scrolling past the list of core concepts for related reports, webinars, and assessment tools.
  • Discover the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s Comprehensive Human Trafficking Assessment Tool." This assessment, one of many screening tools available, helps frontline professionals take a victim-centered approach to identify and assist youth who have experienced trafficking. Suggestions include conducting safety checks with victims before asking any questions, adjusting your body language to convey openness and interest, and mirroring victims’ language to build trust. A female victim who says she is dating her trafficker, for example, may respond better to conversations about her “boyfriend” if that is the term she uses. The center's online resource library also offers assessment tools customized for domestic violence programs, medical professionals, and programs serving runaway and homeless youth.

More on Responding to the Sexual Exploitation of Youth

5 Ways Safe Harbor Laws Support Young Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Ending Sexual Exploitation: Activities and Resources for People Who Work With Teens

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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