Resources for healthcare and social service providers
Sex trafficking is a form of sexual abuse, and can lead to serious physical and mental health problems for youth. Many who have been trafficked report severe physical and psychological violence as well as untreated medical conditions and significant reproductive health and substance abuse problems. It is important for healthcare providers to be able to recognize the risk factors and to know how to care for youth who have been victimized by traffickers.
Sex trafficking of a minor is when anything of value is given to, promised or received by any person in exchange for a sexual act or performance by a child less than 18 year of age. This includes:
- A pimp (trafficker) selling a youth for sexual acts in exchange for money, drugs, food, or anything of value
- Someone exchanging anything of value for a sexual act and the youth receives the payment or item of value (in that case the one who receives the sexual act is the trafficker)
- When the sexual act involves pornography, dancing or stripping, even if there is no sexual contact
- When anyone attempts to engage, transport or recruit a youth for sexual act in exchange for something of value, even if the sexual act didn’t ultimately occur
When the youth is less than 18 years of age, proof of force, fraud or coercion of the youth are not required to consider a situation sex trafficking.
Trainings, protocols and tools to educate healthcare and social service providers on the medical needs of sexually exploited youth can be found on this website*, including:
- A case-based, interactive online module that provides basic knowledge regarding the definition and medical response to youth at risk for sex trafficking. Access online modules.
- Links to online training from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Helpful websites and Milwaukee resource guides, visit the Collaborative Rapid Advocacy for Youth website.
- Research and reports on improving healthcare and social service providers’ response to sex trafficking.
- A form to request Milwaukee resource cards to hand out to at-risk youth.
- A form to request a training or presentation.