Child trafficking is a form of modern slavery in which minors are exploited for sex or for labor. It is a federal crime with severe penalties, including up to a life sentence in prison. Recruiters target minors and lure them into commercial sex, violating federal anti-trafficking laws. This practice can entangle school-age youth, especially those with troubled home lives.
Child trafficking takes many forms, including:
- Commercial sex
- Forced begging
- Magazine crews
- Au pairs or nannies
- Restaurant work
- Hair and nail salons
- Agricultural work
- Drug sales and cultivation
It doesn’t stop there.
Reports of human trafficking in the U.S. increase every year, and the numbers continue to rise.
2 million children are forced into prostitution yearly, with an estimated 300,000 in the United States.
With the crisis of child trafficking threatening so many families, some organizations are working at making recovery a reality for victims.
(organizations here + info about what they do)