CitationFranchino-Olsen, H.; Silverstein, H. A.; Kahn, N. F.; & Martin, S. L. (2020). Minor sex trafficking of girls with disabilities. International Journal of Human Rights in Health Care. pp. 12
AbstractPurpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the associations between minor women' (girls') disability status and victimization via minor sex trafficking. Design/methodology/approach This investigation used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a large, nationally-representative sample of in-school adolescents in the USA that began in 1994. The analysis included bivariate associations between physical disability status or low cognitive ability and minor sex trafficking among female survey respondents (n = 5,430). Findings Girls with any disability had a higher prevalence of minor sex trafficking than their peers without disabilities. Odds of minor sex trafficking were significantly higher for those with severe physical disabilities (5.83) and for those with low cognitive abilities (4.86) compared to the odds of their peers without their respective disabilities. Results for girls with mild or moderate physical disabilities were not statistically significant compared to peers without disabilities. Originality/value Research about minor sex trafficking typically relies on small-scale surveys and/or convenience samples. This study used a nationally-representative survey to demonstrate the link between disability status and women's experiences with minor sex trafficking.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Human Rights in Health Care
Silverstein, H. A.
Kahn, N. F.
Martin, S. L.