Human Traffic Watch

Shining a Light on the Trafficking of Foster Youth | Commentary

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said it best earlier this month: “The incomprehensible evil of child trafficking has to be brought to a halt … we cannot and must not let these children down.”

The secretary hit the nail right on the head. May is National Foster Care Month, and there’s no better time to address the need to combat this crisis.

Foster youth are particularly vulnerable to child trafficking, and few agencies have incorporated policies, protocols or case management techniques to prevent exploitation and appropriately meet the needs of trafficking victims.

Forced to bounce in and out of homes without basic physical or emotional needs fulfilled, foster youth are often exploited by pimps. Traffickers shower foster youth with attention, luring them into a life of illegal activity — often enlisting older foster youth to recruit their peers into the lifestyle as well.

Foster youth group homes have even been dubbed magnets for pimps. According to the Department of Justice, women and children make up as much as 80 percent of all trafficking victims, and thousands of child-trafficking victims exist in the United States.

Source: Roll Call


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