This guide discusses the problems faced by child trafficking victims coerced into criminal behavior by a trafficker and possible options for court processing of cases involving those juveniles. Traffickers often coerce their child victims into commission of a variety of crimes, and adjudications of guilt for those crimes can greatly increase the harmful effects of the victimization. Courts that deal with juveniles are thus faced with identifying when such coercion has occurred and what actions they can take to mitigate the effects of a determination of guilt for those crimes. These may be some of the most difficult types of child trafficking cases for courts to identify and process.

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