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Myths vs. Facts About Sex Trafficking of Males

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MYTH
Sex trafficking only affects girls and women.

FACT
Boys and young men are sex trafficked too. In fact, recent studies show that up to 50% of sex trafficked youth are male.

MYTH
Sex trafficking only affects gay men.

FACT
Sex trafficking affects males across all sexual orientations, racial and ethnic identities, socioeconomic status, age, etc. It preys on vulnerabilities.

MYTH
Boys/men can get away.

FACT
Boys/men are sex trafficked too.

MYTH
All traffickers are male.

FACT
Approximately 30% of sex traffickers are female.

MYTH
Boys and men cannot be sexually assaulted.

FACT
One in six males report sexual abuse or assault at some point in their lifetimes.

MYTH
If someone does not identify as a victim, then they must have wanted it.

FACT
Many victims do not recognize themselves as victims due to social stigma, feelings of shame, pre-existing vulnerabilities that normalize abuse, and lack of resources available.

Consent is an active, sober, verbal, yes. Anything short of that is not consent and therefore unwanted.

MYTH
Males don’t ask for help.

FACT
The majority of sex trafficking survivors report asking for help from multiple professionals before finally receiving the help they need to escape.

Their out cries, especially males, are often overlooked or misinterpreted due to lack of awareness about the signs and symptoms of sex trafficking, as well as the social stigmas mentioned above.

Statistics on CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) of Males

We believe the current data only captures a fraction of the actual total. Current assessment measures miss the boys because they do not ask the right questions.

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References: Polaris, NCBI, HHS.gov, USA Today, DHS

Service Gaps We've Identified

  • One crisis call took 22 hours to get an assessment.

Solutions We Propose

  • IOP/PHP level of programming
  • On site psychiatric care with on call availability
  • Psychological evaluation with collateral reports
  • Residential staff on site outside of IOP/PHP programming hours
  • Total wrap around care through community partners
  • Single occupancy rooms
  • Mentorship from community leaders

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