113. Human Trafficking: Voices from the Field

Given their innate dependence on adults and developmentally appropriate impulsive and approval-seeking behaviors, youth are especially vulnerable to the tactics of human traffickers. Multiple studies demonstrated that trafficked persons routinely present to health care while being trafficked. Barriers to care for trafficked youth include misperceptions about labor and sex trafficking which limit identification of trafficked youth in health care settings. We sought to identify barriers to access to health care for exploited youth in San Diego County, as well as strategies for overcoming these barriers.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Source Type: research