Sex Trafficking of Minors

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017 Apr;64(2):413-421. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2016.11.013.


Sex trafficking is an increasingly recognized global health crisis affecting every country and region in the world. Domestic minor sex trafficking is a subset of commercial sexual exploitation of children, defined as engagement of minors (<18 years of age) in sexual acts for items of value (eg, food, shelter, drugs, money) involving children victimized within US borders. These involved youth are at risk for serious immediate and long-term physical and mental health consequences. Continued efforts are needed to improve preventive efforts, identification, screening, appropriate interventions, and subsequent resource provision for victimized and high-risk youth.

Keywords: Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC); Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST); Sexual abuse; Sexual exploitation; Sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data
  • Child Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Female
  • Human Trafficking / prevention & control*
  • Human Trafficking / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health*
  • Sex Work / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual Behavior
  • United States / epidemiology