Preventing Human Trafficking in the Homeless System and Assisting the Housing Needs of Victims
Homeless shelters and public housing authorities managing Housing Choice (Section 8) vouchers frequently intersect with human trafficking victims and perpetrators.
“64% reported being homeless or experiencing unstable housing at the time they were recruited into their trafficking situation. Traffickers are able to exploit potential victims’ fear of sleeping on the street by offering them safe shelter to recruit them into trafficking. LGBTQ+ populations are at an increased risk as well as runaway/homeless youth and some may choose to engage in survival sex to get access to shelter. The National Hotline has also documented cases of traffickers targeting homeless shelters as recruitment grounds.”
- Increase public and private investments in housing and shelter programs.
- Study and replicate innovative local housing initiatives.
- Are homeless shelters safe for survivors of human trafficking?
- How can anti-trafficking service providers address the safety concerns of a shelter?
- How can anti-trafficking service providers advocate for trauma-informed practices for survivors of trafficking within a homeless shelter?