Human trafficking and specifically human sex trafficking occurs throughout the world, in nearly all countries. Increased awareness of this problem has led many organizations to begin taking action to prevent sexual exploitation. For example, Portland, Oregon is already making a huge difference in the lives of numerous trafficking survivors through the work of organizations such as the Sexual Assault Resource Center and Janus Youth Programs. Their central focus has been on U.S.-born minors who have been forced to participate in the sex trade, both in Oregon and elsewhere. However, resources are limited and culturally specific programs are lacking in our area. Latina survivors of trafficking present a different set of needs that require culturally aware and sensitive care. My research aims to highlight the unique needs of Latina survivors and provide an outline of how Portland can better support all survivors.
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