LGBTQ youth may fear the repercussions of reporting their situation, particularly if they worry others will mistreat or not believe them because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Of the 40% of LGBTQ Homeless Youth:
Youth without safe shelter and social supports are at higher risk of trafficking and exploitation. Traffickers exploit their needs and vulnerabilities to compel them into sex or labor trafficking. LGBTQ youth may be trafficked by intimate partners, family members, friends, or strangers
Awareness. Education. Help.
Many people do not know they are experiencing trafficking. Here are the common features of a person experience sex trafficking:
It can be very difficult for those experiencing trafficking to disclose their situation or reach out for help. Many people do not know they are experiencing trafficking or that help is available. If you are experiencing trafficking or know somebody who is please contact:
Iowa Victim Services Hotline
1 (888) 373-7888
Crisis Assistance- Trevor Project
We need your help to raise awareness and end trafficking in Iowa. Give homeless LGBTQ youth a voice today!