Meredith Dank; Jennifer Yahner; Kuniko Madden; Isela Banuelos; Lilly Yu; Andrea Ritchie; Mitchyll Mora; Brendan Conner
Keywords: Child Welfare; Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children; Homeless Youth; Juvenile Justice; Youth Experiences
Based on interviews with 283 youth in New York City, this is the first study to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men (YMSM); and young women who have sex with women (YWSW) who get involved in the commercial sex market in order to meet basic survival needs, such as food or shelter. The report documents these youth’s experiences and characteristics to gain a better understanding of why they engage in survival sex, describes how the support networks and systems in their lives have both helped them and let them down, and makes recommendations for better meeting the needs of this vulnerable population.
Also see the other reports this three-part series: Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex and Access to Safety: Health Outcomes, Substance Use and Abuse, and Service Provision for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex.
[Summary adapted from resource.]
File : pdf with 0.87 MB in sizeSurviving the Streets of New York Experiences of LGBTQ Youth YMSM and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex