The first time I heard about human trafficking was at a women’s conference at church about seven years ago. While I watched the short documentary, ... I was in disbelief. This couldn’t be real. How could we live in a world where children were being sold for sex to adults?
We received wonderful news this week! The FBI, along with many law enforcement agencies from across the US, concluded Operation Cross Country IX resulting in the rescue of 149 children and the arrest of over 150 pimps and other associated persons.
100,000 children sexually trafficked in the US each year (Polaris Project)
12-14 is the average age of entry of girls into prostitution in the US
(US Dept Health and Human Services)
1 in 6 Runaways reported to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely victims of trafficking (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 2014)
20.9 million people enslaved worldwide, 5.5 million children worldwide, 98% of sexually exploited persons worldwide are female
(International Labor Organization)