Bought and Sold: Helping Young People Escape From Commercial Sexual Exploitation
REVISED MAY 2015
Prostitution. Pornography. Survival sex. Girls and boys as young as 12—or even younger—are exploited and victimized by traffickers, “boyfriends,” even family members.
Young people whose bodies are bought and sold for sex are not criminals. They are victims of physical and emotional violence, rape, coercion and control.
The impact of commercial sexual exploitation on young victims is often devastating. Instead of attending school, they face violence, disease and jail. Before they are even old enough to vote, they lose their dignity and their freedom. They suffer emotional and psychological trauma that may never go away.
Helping young people escape from exploitation should be a top priority of communities and youth and family services professionals across the nation.
This brochure is for youth and family services professionals who come in direct contact with young people who may be sexually exploited or trafficked. By reading it, you’ll learn who is most at risk, what to look for, what exploited and trafficked young people need, and where you can get additional resources and help.