"Sometimes, Somebody Just Needs Somebody - Anybody - to Care:" The power of interpersonal relationships in the lives of domestic minor sex trafficking survivors.

Academic Article


  • Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of U.S. minors for the purposes of a commercial sex act. DMST victims and survivors often become involved with state-level systems including the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. This study presents exploratory qualitative findings regarding the role of interpersonal relationships in the lives of system-involved DMST survivors from the perspectives of DMST survivors. Results indicate survivors perceive interpersonal relationships as key to promoting risk, providing protection, and fostering resiliency over DMST. Findings from the current study not only provide a context for understanding the role of interpersonal relationships in the lives of DMST survivors but also point to directions for development of interventions targeted toward this population.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • July 2018
  • Published In


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual
  • Child Welfare
  • Child, Preschool
  • Domestic minor sex trafficking
  • Female
  • Human Trafficking
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Interpersonal relationship
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative
  • Resilience, Psychological
  • Risk and resiliency framework
  • Sex Work
  • United States
  • Young Adult
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 29689316
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 11
  • Volume

  • 81