every person is born with dignity.There are no throwaways.
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Worldwide human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry. Traffickers dehumanize their victims by seeing them as dollar signs rather than human beings!
Traffickers prey on vulnerable youth. They use manipulation to recruit lonely and disconnected children. Those in foster care become primary targets!
Victims may be mislabeled as something else, a runaway or juvenile delinquent. Boys are often missed due to an assumption that all victims are girls!
Innocent children are being bought and sold into modern-day slavery. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) estimates that approximately 100,000 American children are trafficked into the commercial sex industry every year.
HOW IT'S HAPPENING
Much of the trafficking of children is taking place online via social media apps and the internet; children are being lied to, manipulated and lured into false romantic relationships. Online classified sites allow traffickers and buyers anonymity and accessibility when exploiting children. In some cases, there is no identified trafficker, and it is the person buying sex from the child who is exploiting the child’s vulnerabilities.