Sex trafficking victimization is associated with numerous negative physical and psychology consequences, but little is known about the specific health concerns facing youth who experience sex trafficking. Additionally, more information is needed about how young people who are exploited obtain or struggle to obtain medical and mental health care. In this project, Professors Amy Farrell and Carlos Cuevas and their research team are conducting a study of the physical and psychological consequences of minor sex trafficking in the U.S. The primary goals of this research are to understand short- and long-term physical and psychological health concerns for minor sex trafficking victims and determine whether survivors have elevated health risks. This project also aims to inform providers about the health needs of minor sex trafficking victims and the barriers they experience in accessing healthcare.
This project is surveying approximately 500 minor sex trafficking survivors to evaluate their short- and long-term physical and psychological health concerns, health risk behaviors, and access to physical and psychological health services. These surveys are supplemented with qualitative interviews of adult survivors of minor sex trafficking to provide context and explore longer-term health impacts of trafficking.
Research is being funded by the National Institute of Justice and conducted in partnership with researchers from the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and RTI International. A team of doctoral, masters and undergraduate students work with Professors Farrell and Cuevas on this project.
Northeastern Research Team
Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab
Professor Amy Farrell’s research is aimed at understanding and describing how the criminal justice system administers justice. Over the past decade she has focused much of her scholarly attention on understanding how the criminal justice system respo…
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Lab
Professor Cuevas’s research interests are in the area of victimization and trauma, sexual violence, family violence, and psychological assessment. His work focuses examining victimization among Latinos and how it relates to mental health and service …
Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Sarah Lockwood is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University. Sarah holds a B.A in Psychology and B.S in Criminology from the University of South Florida, and received her Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern. He…