Building Awareness for the Identification of Labor Trafficking for At-Risk Youth

Alisa Santucci, MS, LCMFT & Bukola Oriola | September 19 | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Topic: Research, Conceptual | Knowledge Level: Beginner, Intermediate | Location: TBD

While emerging research and advocacy efforts are bringing more attention to labor trafficking of minors, this form of human trafficking is often under-recognized and under- reported. In 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported over 600 cases of labor trafficking and over 300 sex and labor trafficking cases combined. Between 2014 and 2016, researchers at Loyola University were invited by Covenant House to interview runaway and homeless youth at ten individual sites to study the prevalence and nature of human trafficking among homeless youth ages 17-25 and found one in five had identified as a victim of sex, labor or both. Labor trafficking can and often does overlap with child sexual exploitation and victims may experience labor and sex trafficking simultaneously. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the two main types of labor trafficking exploitation, bonded labor and forced labor, as well as learn to recognize the signs and pathways to help prevent labor trafficking among at-risk youth. The presenters will introduce relevant prior research on youth and labor trafficking to inform the presentation and also share the experience of a pilot project to identify youth who are labor trafficked currently underway in Minnesota by The Enitan Story (TES). TES in adding capacity to its existing work by conducting in-depth, community-based outreach to identify labor trafficking victims, assess their needs, provide direct trauma-informed, culturally relevant services in the areas of employment and life skills and coordinate referrals.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Discuss the definition of child labor trafficking and prevalence among at-risk youth

·  Discuss the risk factors and pathways that youth engage in labor trafficking

·  Describe ways to engage in the prevention of labor trafficking for at-risk youth

·  Share the experience of a current pilot project underway in Minnesota to identify and serve youth and young adults who are survivors of labor trafficking

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