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What happens to these young victims? A homeless or runaway juvenile is befriended by someone, then plied with drugs and/or alcohol. This is where the trafficker begins to exert control over the victim. The victims are given food and shelter. Sex is expected in return. At this point the trafficker has established trust with the victim, misguided as it may be. Then, Stockholm syndrome begins to set in. This is where victims protect the trafficker for fear of losing access to drugs, food, shelter or money. The victims also comply with their captors out of a sense of loyalty toward them. This also explains why DMST victims will not self-identify and are unlikely to identify their trafficker.

The juvenile is then coerced into engaging in prostitution, either with threat of force, actual force, or a threat of food, shelter and drugs being withheld. Once indoctrinated into prostitution, all or most of money earned goes to the caretaker/trafficker (Spriggs, 2011).

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Criminology and Criminal Justice | Juvenile Law

The Juvenile Justice System, Corrections and Human Trafficking