(Louisville, KY) -- A University of Louisville survey is providing a new look at the problem of youth human trafficking in Kentuckiana. The Kent School of Social Work surveyed 132 homeless people between ages 12 and 25 through eight area agencies. Forty-percent of the respondents identified themselves as having been human trafficking victims. Money was the most common motivation for human trafficking, followed by temporary housing. Those youths were more likely to be drug-addicted, diagnosed with a mental health problem, and participate in self-harming. Findings will be used in applying for financial support from government and foundation grants. It's the first time the Youth Experiences Survey has been conducted in Louisville and southern Indiana.
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