Every day, young people are bought and sold like modern-day slaves in the United States. But sadly more research needs to be done to truly understand the full scope of human trafficking, and such research poses many challenges.

Pimps often hide victims and prohibit them from talking to people who could help them. If they do interact with police or medical personnel, they are often forced to give fake names and ages. And even if they are separated from their exploiters, they may not consider themselves victims because they are ashamed, distrustful, or emotionally attached to their pimps.

The goal of this section is to aggregate what collaborative research and policy recommendations are available to better address the multiple dimensions of human trafficking.

  1. Covenant House New York, with Fordham University, completed a study that sheds light on trafficked young people:Released in May 2013, the study worked with 174 randomly selected young people at our shelter, and found that 23 percent had been commercially sexually exploited, either through trafficking or survival sex, the exchange of sex for something of value, usually food or shelter. Almost half of the young people who had been exploited said they could have avoided that trauma if they had had a safe place to stay.
  2. Annals of Health Law – Vol 23 Issue 1: HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF SEX TRAFFICKING Hotline, a toll-free phone number that connects callers to law enforcement:This study of the health effects of human trafficking illustrates the dangers involved in forced or underage prostitution.  In it, Dr. Laura Lederer found that almost 90 percent of trafficked people interviewed had had some interaction with a healthcare professional while they were being prostituted, with 63 percent seeking help in emergency rooms.
The face of child trafficking is often not what you think.