Unfortunately, child trafficking is an issue that is worldwide. There are many ways you can help combat child trafficking yourself, and the first is to educate yourself on the specifics of child trafficking. From there, start spreading the word and looking into how you can help in your local community.
It’s time you and your family learn more about human trafficking. If you’re a parent, talk to your kids, appropriately, about what human trafficking is, monitor their social media activity online, and always know your child’s whereabouts.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- What is Human Trafficking?
- “U.S. law defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor against their will.”
- What is Child Sex Trafficking?
- “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, food, drugs or a place to stay – is given to or received by any person for sexual activity.”
- How Does Child Sex Trafficking Happen?
- Common trafficking ploys involve forming romantic relationships with victims or promising them jobs in entertainment or modeling.
- How do I Recognize Child Trafficking?
- “Many people in active sex trafficking situations do not recognize themselves as being victims because they have been expertly groomed by a trafficker to believe they have chosen to participate in commercial sex.”
- Sex Trafficking Examples
- There are a variety of trafficking examples including familial, romantic, and child trafficking that involve recruitment, grooming, coercion, and control.
- What’s the Difference Between Counter or Anti-Trafficking?
- Counter-trafficking and anti-trafficking are terms used in the context of efforts to combat human trafficking, but they refer to slightly different approaches.
- Counter-trafficking refers to a broader approach that encompasses various strategies and measures aimed at addressing human trafficking comprehensively.
- Anti-trafficking refers specifically to actions and initiatives that are targeted at combating human trafficking. It involves efforts to identify and rescue victims, prosecute traffickers, dismantle trafficking networks, and provide support and rehabilitation services to survivors.
- How do I Report?
- National Trafficking Hotline
- Additional Domestic Trafficking Hotlines
Source: Polaris Project
- The United States is #1 in the world for sex trafficking
- More than 500,000 children a year go missing in the US alone
- More than 50% of victims are between the ages of 12 and 15
- 25% of child pornography is created by a neighbor or family member
- Over 500,000 online sexual predators are active each day
- Over 80% of child sex crimes begins on social media
- As of 2021, there are 252,000 websites containing images or videos of children sexually abused
- 27% of human trafficking victims are children
- Human trafficking is a $150 billion-a-year criminal enterprise business worldwide
How to Help Anti-Trafficking Efforts
What’s the Difference Between Counter- and Anti-Trafficking?
Counter-trafficking and anti-trafficking are terms used in the context of efforts to combat human trafficking, but they refer to slightly different approaches.
Counter-trafficking refers to a broader approach that encompasses various strategies and measures aimed at addressing human trafficking comprehensively.
Anti-trafficking refers specifically to actions and initiatives that are targeted at combating human trafficking. It involves efforts to identify and rescue victims, prosecute traffickers, dismantle trafficking networks, and provide support and rehabilitation services to survivors.
Exit Services & Aftercare
Transitioning out of the commercial sex trade isn’t just about the moment of ‘rescue’, but more importantly, about sustainable reintegration through exit services and supportive aftercare. Comprising support mechanisms such as shelter, counseling, healthcare, legal aid, and vocational training, exit services equip survivors with resources to leave the sex trade and for life beyond exploitation.
They often give survivors the courage to leave their exploiters and they act as a safety net that prevents survivors from falling back into sex trafficking due to lack of support. By advocating for policy change to support these resources, volunteering, or donating to organizations offering these services, a community arises that enables survivors to thrive independently.
Look out for local organizations where you can contribute.
The best way to combat human trafficking is to stop it before it happens. The current reality is that for every child and individual rescued from the sex trade, others are brought in to take their place. Unless root factors enabling sex trafficking are addressed, no amount of rescue and aftercare will stop this crisis.
- If there were no sex buyers, there would be no sex trafficking. Increased awareness, penalties, and accountability for those doing the harm and driving the demand for victims are proven successful deterrents that actually shrink this crisis.
- Strengthening legal and policy frameworks will greatly deter potential traffickers. Stricter laws, increased penalties, and rigorous enforcement can make sex trafficking a high-risk, low-reward enterprise for those considering it.
- Institutional changes are crucial. This includes fostering a culture of zero tolerance towards trafficking within organizations and systems, as well as promoting ethical standards across various sectors. Demanding that major corporations, such as payment processors, social media platforms, and travel hotspots, reject profits from sexual exploitation would significantly help end this problem.
- Economic empowerment programs also play a significant role in prevention. Providing communities with access to viable income opportunities and quality education can reduce this vulnerability.
- Stable home environments, specifically, two parent households led by strong and committed fathers and mothers with sound moral instruction, support, love and care successfully keep families safe.
Five Actions You Can Take Right Now:
- Share what you have learned about this issue or survivors stories with your local network or on social media
- Ask your state legislators to increase accountability for sex buyers in your state
- Research and volunteer at organizations providing support in your local area
- Learn more about how All Things Possible is fighting this fight.
- Listen to this special podcast where Victor Marx talks with industry surviviors.