LGBTQ Youth and Vulnerability to Sex Trafficking
This chapter uses a socioecological framework to explain that self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender experienced or questioning (LGBTQ) children experience a higher rate of vulnerability to sex trafficking. This vulnerability stems, in part from, family rejection, abandonment, or emotional and physical abuse arising from homophobic or transphobic reactions of guardians. Systemic discrimination, in the education, mental health and health care, and justice systems, exacerbates risk. If these vulnerabilities are left unaddressed, rates of LGBTQ children experiencing sex trafficking will worsen as the overall problem of child trafficking grows.
KeywordsLGBTQ Trafficking Adolescent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Gender nonconforming Questioning Queer Homophobia Transphobia Heteronormative
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