In response to the Mexican government’s crackdown, the drug trade has rapidly expanded to Central America and is increasingly branching out into sex trafficking. This study is a secondary data analysis of the 2012 Integrated Bio-Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) efforts for HIV in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize in collaboration with Central American researchers. It provides the first reliable, population-based data allowing for assessment of the prevalence of sex trafficking, inter-relations of sex trafficking and drug trafficking, and how such violence relates to substance use and HIV risk and infection. Findings will be broadly disseminated to Central American Ministries of Health as well as international policy-making and interagency coordinating bodies in order to inform the development and implementation of interventions to reduce and prevent sex trafficking and related drug use and HIV.
*Funding Provided by NIH