This new report by the Urban Institute reveals that engaging in commercial sex due to food insecurity in the United States may be much higher than previously thought.
The study notes that, particularly in high-poverty communities that the teenagers involved in the study described as “sexually coercive environments,” teenagers are forced or coerced to seek basic needs like food by engaging in sexual activities when they would prefer to earn money through formal jobs.
The study found that the strongest link between food insecurity and sexual exploitation was in communities where teens were stably housed and had deep housing subsidies to protect their families from extreme hardship, but still faced an inability to provide for other basic needs and extremely coercive sexual environments that led to “survival sex” as a coping mechanism for food insecurity.
Young adolescents who are sexually exploited for basic necessities can experience further commercial sexual exploitation later in their life.
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The study concludes that in order to decrease the pressure for young teens to engage in exchange of sex for basic needs, there must be an improvement in the social welfare programs that provide for basic needs, more job opportunities for youth, and empowered, less sexually coercive and exploitative environments for youth.
In Maryland, about 1 in 7 youth internet users receive unwanted sexual solicitations, according to In order to change these statistics, we must start the conversation of awareness and prevention.
This conversation needs to start early, so that we can protect our young people from experiencing sexual violence.
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