Arizona State University, Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research
This study explores the life experiences of 167 homeless young adults (ages 18 to 25) from around Arizona including their experiences of sex trafficking and labor exploitation.
This is the sixth year collecting this survey from homeless young adults in Arizona and have found this information to be helpful for developing targeted services and helping community partners applying for funding for this important population.
The Youth Experiences Survey (YES) is a study of the experiences of homeless young adults in Arizona that has been conducted for the past six years, from 2014 to 2019.
The YES focuses on how the life experiences of Arizona’s homeless young adults (ages 18-25) increases their risk of experiencing human trafficking.
The study was conducted in partnership with four agencies from Phoenix and Tucson
that provide direct services to homeless persons:
- Native American Connections
- one.n.ten of Phoenix, and
- Our Family Services of Tucson.
The findings from the YES study have consistently provided insight into the challenges and needs of Arizona’s homeless young adults to better target needed services as well as the first of its kind knowledge of the scope of the sex and labor exploitation of this population in Arizona.
This study targeted homeless young adults in multiple settings, including transitional housing, drop-in centers, and on the streets of Tucson and Phoenix.