This training module from a toolkit on services for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation focuses on the distinctive needs of commercially sexually exploited children with a LGBTQ+ sexual orientation.
A commercially sexually exploited child or youth with a LGBTQ+ sexual orientation is more likely than one with a normative sexual orientation to be experiencing alienation from family without financial or emotional support, which makes them more vulnerable to succumbing to the attraction of commercial sexual exploitation. Services specific to LGBTQ+ victims of commercial sexual exploitation are scarce, and youth often experience harassment and an overall lack of acceptance from peers and staff in traditional services for homeless children and youth. A strong relationship with a supportive mentor can help such youth acknowledge and feel more comfortable with their sexual orientation and gender identity. Findings indicate that LGBTQ+ youth find mentors later in life compared to their heterosexual peers.