Child trafficking affects every country in the world, including the United States. Children make up nearly 30% of all human trafficking victims worldwide, and two out of every three identified child victims are girls (Save the Children).
Ladies For Liberty is dedicated to the cause of stopping / preventing Child Trafficking. LFL will continue to highlight this topic and keep it upfront until it no longer exists. We will make every effort to provide updated and accurate information utilizing many different available sources along with ways that you and others may get involved to help.
Trafficking, according to the United Nations, involves three main elements:
Child sex trafficking is a form of child abuse that occurs when a child under 18 is advertised, solicited or exploited through a commercial sex act. A commercial sex act is any sex act where something of value – such as money, drugs or a place to stay – is given to or received by any person for sexual activity.
While any child can be targeted by a trafficker, research, data and survivor lived experience and expertise have revealed traffickers and buyers often target youth who lack strong support networks, have experienced violence in the past, are experiencing homelessness, or are marginalized by society. Traffickers are masters of manipulation and prey upon vulnerabilities using psychological pressure and intimidation to control and sexually exploit the child for their benefit. The issue of child sex trafficking is complex. Understanding the various forms of child sex trafficking and indicators can create opportunities for prevention, identification and response (Missing & Exploited Children).
It's important to understand that the majority of victims are trafficked within the borders of their own country — an estimated 58 percent in 2016, up from just 27 percent in 2010, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Recognizing that there is domestic trafficking within the United States will allow for better report rates, prevention and rehabilitation for those who have been trafficked.
Many people also believe that trafficking only involves victims who have been bought, sold and transported in illegal or underground industries. But there are more nuanced versions of trafficking that take place in service industries like restaurants and cleaning services. The misperception creates a false reality and alters the public understanding of the issue.
Another common misconception is that the majority of people being trafficked in the United States are undocumented immigrants. In reality, trafficking within the United States is happening largely to our very own citizens. According to Polaris, 1 in 7 of children reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children became victims of sexual trafficking. Of this amount, 88 percent were coming out of the foster care system (Unicef USA).
Youth who identify as LGBTQ+ are disproportionately impacted by a wide variety of traumatic experiences including abuse and neglect, harassment, and family rejection, all of which place them at risk for trafficking. LGBTQ+ youth who lack family support or safe shelter are vulnerable to traffickers who are seeking to exploit their needs for housing, food, and social connections.
LGBTQ+ youth are at disproportionate risk for sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. In fact, even among runaway/homeless youth, LGBTQ+ youth experience commercial sexual exploitation at greater rates than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts.
Technological advances, in particular the Internet and mobile devices, have facilitated the sex trafficking of children by providing a convenient worldwide marketing channel. Individuals can now use websites and social media to advertise, schedule, and purchase sexual encounters with minors. The Internet and mobile devices also allow pimps and traffickers to reach a larger clientele base than in the past, which may expose victims to greater risks and dangers.
What We Do: Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) has made a significant impact in the fight to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation by assisting in rescuing and supporting thousands of survivors in almost 40 countries and 50 U.S. states. Our approach is adapted to geographical location, the needs of survivors, and best practices in the field.
To shine a light worldwide on the global issue of child sex trafficking and exploitation, and in so doing rescue more children from slavery and assist law enforcement to seek justice for those who violate children. We place survivors on a path to recovery by partnering with vetted aftercare providers.
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Under the Biden administration, human traffickers are busier than ever, expediting the flow of migrants across the southern border. The president has made it abundantly clear that his administration does not wish to stop illegal immigration, nor does it wish to enable necessary enforcement of the immigration laws that are on the books. It is factors such as these that drive large numbers of people to surge the border, overwhelming federal and local agencies and—most importantly—risking the lives of millions.
Contact your two (2) U.S. Senators and your twelve (12) U.S. Representatives. Let them know your concerns on this issue and ask for not only appropriate funding, but for this topic to start making more of an appearance in political conversation.
U.S. Senators (New Jersey)
Robert "Bob" Menendez CONTACT
Cory Booker CONTACT
U.S. Representatives (New Jersey)
Donald Norcross . Jeff Van Drew . Andy Kim . Christopher "Chris" Smith . Josh Gottheimer . Frank Pallone Jr . Tom Kean Jr . Robert Menendez Jr . Bill Pascrell Jr . Donald Payne Jr . Mikie Sherrill . Bonnie Watson Coleman
Host a fundraiser and/or an awareness day for Child Trafficking at:
Contact your mayor, police chief and township / city officials. Encourage them to improve services for victims of child trafficking and to be sure the municipality treats victims of forced prostitution as survivors and not criminals.
Volunteer with Ladies for Liberty to help stop child trafficking and exploitation.
To combat human trafficking by supporting and leading systems that prevent trafficking through public awareness and protect victims through identification and assistance, helping them re-build their lives and become self-sufficient.
How To Catch A Pimp: With an estimated 100,000 children involved in prostitution in the Philippines, one Australian father has gone undercover, posing as a sex tourist to uncover a criminal underworld of pimps and victims.
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Missing & Exploited Children
Save the Children