Sex trafficking is widely placed into a category as being a "women's issue." In addition to being simply untrue, this categorization is harmful to male survivors of sex trafficking. It exacerbates the shame some survivors may feel. It drives an already low identification rate lower, because people are not looking for males to exhibit signs of trafficking. It places a road block for those survivors seeking support, as they risk not being believed and not being able to find placement in a restorative care home because beds available for men and boys are slim to none.
But the reality of the matter is that 13% of sex trafficking survivors are men and 1 in 3 child trafficking victims are boys. This leaves a staggering number of male survivors left to fend for themselves when seeking restorative care