Human Traffic Watch

Doing More to End Sex Trafficking

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Much more should be done to prevent young girls from being vulnerable prey for sex traffickers and predators. Broadly speaking, human trafficking occurs when people profit from the control and exploitation of others. This includes what some mischaracterize as child prostitution. Our nation’s kids do not simply choose to sell themselves on the street, they are victims manipulated and coerced into a life of sexual assault and commercial rape.

A good starting point for reform would be taking a look at the connection between the foster care system and child sex trafficking. Traffickers often provide foster youth with the attention and reinforcement that can oftentimes be elusive during a life spent bouncing from home to home. They shower young girls with gifts and attention to help lure them into a life of illegal activity. Sadly, older foster youth perpetuate the cycle when traffickers use them to recruit younger foster youth into prostitution.

Some estimates show 300,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of domestic sex trafficking each year, with foster youth comprising as much as 80 percent of victims. Many states report abuse occurring while youth are in foster care or group homes, which pimps target as hubs to recruit vulnerable girls.

U.S. News & World Report

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  1. Thanks for raising awareness about the vulnerabilities of foster care youth to human trafficking!

    We just posted about exactly that: http://transitionsinitiative.wordpress.com/

    The Transitions Initiative works to combat those vulnerabilities, recognizing how susceptible youth aging out of alternative care are to being exploited. Check it out on our blog!

    Take care,
    Alexa at The International Organization For Adolescents (IOFA)
    Their rights, our responsibility.

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