Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the United States

In this journal article published by the National Association of Social Workers, Kimberly Kotrla callas attention to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in the US. This is a term that encompasses more than the typical definition of “Sex Trafficking,” including prostitution, pornography, stripping, escort services, and other sexual services. Attributing much of the problem to cultural tolerance and the supply and demand of these services, Kotrla challenges the social work profession to be educated and aware of best practices and needed services to be provided for victims of DMST. The article pulls significant research from “Shared Hope International,” and is a valuable tool for education on the topic. The author calls for continued research on geographical locations of sex businesses in order to reach out to victims, qualitative research on the attitudes of children and youth and the impact of the media, and finally data providing the prevalence of DMST in the US.

Kotrla, Kimberly. 2010. “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the United States.” Social Work 55(2): 181-187