15 – Homelessness and Human Trafficking – How They Connect

Unfortunately, homelessness and human trafficking are linked. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, discuss how homelessness is a factor that can lead a person to become a victim of trafficking. They take a look at the statistics of youth who are homeless and how it relates to human trafficking. Discussing what we can do to help. By studying the issues, be a voice, and make a difference.

Key Points

  • 1.3 million runaway homeless youth live in America.
  • 57 percent of homeless kids spend at least one day every month without food.
  • 25 percent of foster kids become homeless within two years of leaving the system.
  • 4 distinct homeless youth populations: Runaway minors, expelled youth, system youth, and street youth.
  • It’s about survival, when someone offers youth an opportunity to make money or offers them a place to sleep, the kids will do what they can to survive.
  • 55 percent of street girls engage in some form of commercial sexual exploitation.
  • 1 in 5 become entangled in some sort of organized crime network.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.

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