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Friday, July 5, 2013

FACT: Male to Female Transgenders Get Trafficked Too.

Human trafficking and sex work are issues in the transgender community that have often gone un-addressed by policy makers, service providers, and the LGBTQ rights movement. Those involved in the sex industry for any reason are often discriminated against, criminalized, victimized, and denied their human rights. Researchers suggests that because of economic necessity, many male-to-female (MTF) transgender individuals trade sex for money, drugs, housing, and other things they may need. To date, no studies have quantitatively assessed psycho social correlates of condom use with this population.findings highlight an urgent need for multilevel risk reduction interventions for MTF transgender individuals involved in sex trade. Such interventions will be most effective if they address the psycho social context of sexual risk taking by focusing on issues such as low self-esteem, sexual violence, and illicit drug use. Read More

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