Special Issues Facing Juvenile Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States [Fact Sheet] [open pdf - 170KB]
From the Document: "There are significant intersections among child maltreatment, delinquency, and human trafficking. Victims of trafficking are often involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The same risk factors that contribute to child maltreatment make these juveniles vulnerable to traffickers. Moreover, youth who have been maltreated have a greater risk of juvenile delinquency, particularly when their trauma is left untreated and unresolved, making youth in the juvenile justice system also vulnerable to traffickers. Minors are often compelled by traffickers to engage in criminal behaviors such as drug dealing and prostitution."
U.S. Office for Victims of Crime: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/