Minor sex trafficking of girls with disabilities

Citation

Franchino-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

Abstract

Purpose 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.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-07-2019-0055

Keyword(s)

Sexual exploitation

Notes

ISI Document Delivery No.: KO2XY Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 42 Franchino-Olsen, Hannabeth Silverstein, Hannah A. Kahn, Nicole F. Martin, Sandra L. 0 EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD BINGLEY INT J HUM RIGHTS HEA

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

International Journal of Human Rights in Health Care

Author(s)

Franchino-Olsen, H.
Silverstein, H. A.
Kahn, N. F.
Martin, S. L.

Year Published

2020

Pages

12

ISSN/ISBN

2056-4902

DOI

10.1108/ijhrh-07-2019-0055

Reference ID

6533