Sex trafficking of girls and women is occurring on a global scale and is recognized as both a violent gender-based crime and major human rights violation. Public health research demonstrates that girls and women who have been trafficked experience a multitude of physical and mental health consequences. One particular area of focus has included greater HIV vulnerabilities among girls and women who have been trafficked into sex trade, with studies documenting a high prevalence of HIV (up to 38%), particularly among girls who were trafficked at a younger age. While the majority of these studies have been conducted in the context of South Asia, we have most recently expanded this work to include a focus on this critical issue within Latin America as well.
- Epidemiology of Sex Trafficking, Drug Use and HIV at the U.S.-Mexico Border
- Sex Trafficking in Central America