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2.0 Victims

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Where Do Victims Come From?
Domestic Minor Sex-Trafficking (D.M.S.T.) victims refers to victims who are:
  1. Citizens of the United States
  2. Currently Under 18 years of age
  3. Trafficked by forced into sex work (prostitution, adult entertainment, pornography)
Historically "most likely" victims can be predicted with a High Risk Victim Model.   This model has 3 primary factors which put a minor at greatest risk to be selected as a target by predators.  

Factors in High Risk Victim Model
  1. Circumstance- which the minor has no control.  Examples would include if they come from a home where there is abuse or neglect, or if they are homeless.  A minor who lives in a home where sexual abuse is occurring it often leads to the the next factor.  See number 2.
  2. Choice(s) -  There are many choices which can increase the possibility of being trafficked.  
    Runaway- The choice to runaway is a choice to be 1) homeless and 2) unaccompanied minor which are 2 factors that make a minor an "attractive victim" to predators seeking to traffick youth.

    Truancy - Choosing to skip school  makes youth an attractive victim to predators because they are no longer under adult supervision.   Predators often know where to look for youth who are skipping school and know that it could be hours before any adult knows they become missing.

    The next notable choice, to engage in social networking, social games and chat rooms and engage in conversations with people they do not know personally.  It is important to recognize that dangerous practices when engaged in social networks has shown to put all minors at risk, regardless of circumstances like family education, socio-econominc factors and history of sexual abuse.  Developing new friends on the internet has put all youth at significant risk by allowing predators to come right inside a family home and have private conversations taking place right in minor's bedroom.
  3. Naiveté -  traffickers rely exclusively on targets that have no idea this crime exists and have no training to recognize the "red flags" of deception.  

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