The article covers the relationship between youth homelessness and commercial sexual exploitation and provides recommendations for reducing the risk of exploitation for youth experiencing homelessness.
First, we can ensure that youth exiting the foster care and/or juvenile justice system are not discharged into homelessness. Thoughtful strategic planning can prevent that outcome.
Second, we must improve our crisis response to runaway youth and youth on the street to help move them quickly into safety and out of harm’s way.
Third, we can implement family intervention strategies that will help prevent youth from running away in the first place and help those who have run away to return home when it is safe to do so.
Finally, we must increase investments in housing for youth who are unable to return home.
All of our programs and services need to recognize the special needs of survivors of CSE and trafficking.