Following is an excerpt of an article written by Holly Austin Smith who is a child trafficking survivor. Holly is very active advocating for the victims of human trafficking. A link to the entire story on her blog is included at the end:
“This story, which seems rare and sensationalized, is all too familiar to Tina Frundt, founder of Courtney’s House in Washington DC.
“Eighty-eight percent of all survivors identify as LGBTQQ,” stated Tina, “this statistic is unsurprising, given that trafficked teens are forced into all sorts of sexual situations during their formative years, and are therefore unable to discover their sexuality in a normal or natural way.”
While there is still a great need for services for female child victims, there are even less services available for males.“There aren’t a great deal of organizations with the capacity or expertise to serve trafficked boys,” said Nicole Moler with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), “finding shelter and other social services for males of all ages has been a significant challenge for the hotline in most states.”