Risk Factors

The following list outlines potential risk factors for exploitation:

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- being the victim of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or trauma,

- lack of security and sense of belonging,

- isolated and disconnected from social support structures, lack of family and social bonds,

- dysfunctional family (violence, neglect, substance misuse), drug and alcohol misuse,

- FAS/FAE or learning disorders,

- dropping out of school,

- low self-esteem

- living in rural and remote communities,

- poverty (and increasing feminization of poverty),

- socioeconomic marginalization,

- youth unemployment/homelessness,

- leaving home at an early age, and gay/lesbian,

- Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee youth.

http://www.jibc.ca/

http://www.gov.bc.ca/justice/

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/youth/pdf/sex_exploit.pdf