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Weekly Reader April 12, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

1. UT study looks for identification factors for child sex-trafficking victims

By: The Daily Texan, Howard Yong

"Victims of child sex trafficking are often difficult to identify, a UT study has revealed.

The study, finalized in March, examined current sexual exploitation cases to develop new strategies to identify future victims, said Dixie Hairston, research project manager for the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. 

“On the outside, everything might look fine, but no one can really know what is going on inside,” Hairston said. “There is a range of exploitation that minors and youth experience that maybe don’t make them identifiable or recognizable to healthcare providers or law enforcers.”

The study aimed to expand the number of victims who can be helped by law enforcement and healthcare professionals by providing more comprehensive data on sex trafficking. Researchers quantified the rate and extent of victimization, traced life cycles of exploitation and suggested new intervention strategies for law enforcers."

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2. Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe and Cafe Momentum Form a Youth-Centered Partnership

By: D Magazine, Eve Hill-Agnus

"The reason Ruthie’s is a good fit, according to Kleinert, is simple: “The [Cafe Momentum] program is intended to be a 12-month program. And they’ll have some kids who are just ready to go right into the Omni or the Joule.” But not all the graduates of the culinary training program are ready for such an environment, which, with its large scale and potential isolation and strain is different from the Cafe Momentum orbit, with its social services and rituals of family meal. Kleinert says she and Houser discussed the way “a big environment can be a trigger and add stress or undo all the hard work they’ve done.”"

* Update: Alto is now the transportation partner.

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3. Texas is getting serious about stopping sex trafficking, but we need more resources

By: Dallas Morning News, Bruce Kellison

"New research on human trafficking extends much of what we already know to be true about child commercial sexual exploitation: Traffickers exploit the most vulnerable young people every day in our neighborhoods far more commonly than at major events.

The most at-risk minors and youths include those with a history of child abuse or maltreatment, those who have run away from home or who are homeless, those who have extreme economic need, or a combination of these factors. In a recent study, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin asked 466 at-risk youths between the ages of 13 and 27 in three regions in Texas about their life experiences in commercial sexual exploitation."

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4. Introducing the State of Homelessness 2019

By: National Alliance to End Homelessness, Joy Moses

"Some new features were added to the State of Homelessness 2019, including:

Available Beds. We analyze the capacity of shelters and other temporary housing providers. On a given night, what number and percentage of people experiencing homelessness have a bed available to them? We answer that question.

Racial and Ethnic Dynamics. Race and ethnicity figure significantly into the story of homelessness in America. African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics are overrepresented in homeless counts. We added information that highlights this issue.

Geography of Challenges. Many readers have wondered which areas have the biggest challenges. So, we identified states and CoCs with the greatest numbers and highest percentages of people experiencing homelessness. In doing this, we essentially identified the regions with the most significant affordable housing challenges. "

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5. 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report

By: The Human Trafficking Institute

"Criminal defendants used the internet to solicit buyers of commercial sex in 87.7% of the sex trafficking cases active in 2018.i Of these cases, public sources identified Backpage as a platform used to solicit buyers in 300 cases. The number of cases involving Backpage dropped 18.3% from 2017, following the shutdown of Backpage in April 2018. Only 5.3% of the sex trafficking cases active in 2018 involved commercial sex being marketed on a street or track known for prostitution. This is a slight decline from the 6.6% of sex trafficking cases that involved street-based commercial sex in 2017.

In 2018, labor trafficking defendants most commonly compelled victims to work as domestic servants. Of the labor trafficking cases active in 2018, 38.7% involved domestic work, where victims were forced to provide house cleaning, childcare, and other household tasks.ii The other top industries where defendants commonly compelled victims to work included food services or restaurant labor (19.4%), farming or agricultural labor (12.9%), and construction labor (12.9%). These were the same top four business models as in 2017. "

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