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Domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States.

Authors
  • Kotrla, Kimberly
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social work
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2010
Volume
55
Issue
2
Pages
181–187
Identifiers
PMID: 20408359
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

By now, most social workers are familiar with the issue of human trafficking. However, many are likely unfamiliar with research indicating that youths constitute the most vulnerable group in the United States for becoming victims of sex trafficking and that most women in prostitution actually entered as minors. Some experts are now referring to the sex trafficking of U.S. children and youths as "domestic minor sex trafficking," or DMST. This article seeks to acquaint readers with what is currently known regarding the extent of DMST, who is at risk for becoming a victim, and implications for the social work profession in addressing this tragedy.

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