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Myths vs. Facts About Sex Trafficking of Males

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Boys/men cannot be raped.

Boys/men can be and are raped.

Boys/men can get away.

Boys/men are sex trafficked too.

All traffickers are male.

Approximately 30% of sex traffickers are female.

Sex trafficking only affects gay men.

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

Sex for money is a choice or lifestyle.

Traffickers utilize a variety of control tactics that eliminate choice such as force, fraud, or coercion.

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

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.

Males don’t ask for help.

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.


References: Polaris, NCBI,, 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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