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Screening for Human Trafficking among Homeless Young Adults

Authors: 
Chisolm-Straker, M.,
Sze, J.,
Einbond, J.,
White, J.,
Stoklosa, H.
Year Published: 2019
Type: 
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 98

Issue: March
Abstract: 

The objective of this study was to develop a screening tool for sex trafficking, labor trafficking, or both among homeless young adults. It also looked at whether homeless youth who have experienced trafficking have different needs than those who have not. The researchers pretested a screening tool with 307 participants, ages 18 to 22, who were receiving services from Covenant House in New Jersey. From this testing, they validated Quick Youth Indicators for Trafficking (QYIT), a user-friendly screening tool that does not require trafficking expertise to administer in the field. During this process, the researchers found that labor trafficking is a significant form of trafficking among homeless youth. (author abstract modified)

 

Availability: 
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