Lunch and Learn Series: Identifying and Assisting Minor Male Victims of Trafficking

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 noon to 1 p.m.

Presented by the UCF Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

When we talk about sex trafficking, we often focus on adult females and young girls and fail to include boys in the conversation. Despite this oversight, the Department of Justice estimates that 36% of minor sex trafficking victims are boys. 

In this training, provided by John Long, the Executive Director of the U.S. Institute of Human Trafficking, we will look at the under-identified and under-reported minor male victims of sex trafficking. 

We will discuss how boys are recruited and how they are forced to stay in the life. Participants will also learn how to better identify minor male victims of trafficking.

About the speaker:
As the Executive Director of the U.S. Institute of Human Trafficking (USIAHT), John Long oversees its day-to-day operation and maintains a safe, positive environment where young men can begin the journey toward recovery. USIAHT’s Safe Home is the first home dedicated to the care of minor male victims of sex trafficking in the United States. John works to build relationships between the surrounding community, the Safe House, and its various partners and providers. John brings extensive experience with youth and criminal justice to his work. As a case manager and administrative facilitator for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Florida, he worked alongside young men and women implicated in the justice system, striving to provide them with the care and tools they needed to turn their lives around. This experience made him aware of the horrors of human trafficking and catalyzed his passion for helping children who have been exploited in this ugly trade.

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