SOURCE: Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project.
Nearly one in five young people experiencing homelessness were the victims of human trafficking, according to a report from Loyola University New Orleans' Modern Slavery Research Project. The project team interviewed 641 "homeless and runaway youth" ages 17-24 who had received care from Covenant House shelters, transitional living centers, apartment programs and drop-in centers in 10 North American cities, including New Orleans.
The report — using a federal definition of human trafficking as "the use of force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in labor or sex trade against their will" — found that 19 percent (124 people) of respondents were victims of trafficking. Fourteen percent of respondents were trafficked for sex, and more than half of those victims say they were forced or coerced to do so.