Stats: Trafficked kids in AZ probation system

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 12:09:30-05

An Arizona State University study has uncovered some startling statistics regarding the juvenile probation system and victims of sex trafficking.

The study, conducted recently by the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, found that 271 teens in the Arizona probation system are also victims of sex trafficking.

Nearly 60 percent of probation officers, supervisors, staff and community partners reported having at least one sex trafficking victim as one of their juvenile cases.

Twenty-three percent of surveyed officials said they believe at least one juvenile in their caseload is being currently trafficked.

Sex trafficking victims are also at risk of homelessness, substance abuse or addiction, sexual abuse, prior involvement in the justice system and are known to have histories of running away.

Efforts like this ASU-conducted survey are helping to stop trafficking and better care for those involved.

"This is another in a series of proactive steps Arizona is taking to identify the scope of the problem, determine ways to combat sex trafficking, and how to best deliver trauma-informed care that helps victims successfully emerge from that life," said ASU's Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz.

The study was reportedly funded by the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family.