According to the Polaris Projecta nonprofit combating human slavery and trafficking,children are at risk of sex trafficking in the U. In response to this rising epidemic, safe harbor laws have been enacted in states like Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, and most recently, New Hampshire. So-called "safe harbors" grant immunity from criminal prosecution to minors under the age of 18 engaged in prostitution.
Follow us. This groundbreaking research additionally examined child welfare-related factors, including history of child abuse and out-of-home placement among those who identified as victims of sex trafficking or engaged in commercial sex. Researchers from the Field Center found that:.
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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States are commonly overlooked, misunderstood, and unaddressed forms of child abuse.
Sex trafficking is human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, including sexual slavery. In the International Labour Organization ,reported Most victims find themselves in coercive or abusive situations from which escape is both difficult and dangerous.
I was the youngest of three boys. I was devastated. I felt very alone, confused and desperate.
Further, the lack of policies and protocols for identifying and responding to youth at risk for victimization, as well as the lack of awareness about the problem among educators, health personnel, businesses, and the general public, provides additional challenges for addressing the problem effectively. Confronting commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States. Skip to main content.
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Across the world, as many as 30 million people are currently being held captive, moved from location to location as victims in the global human trafficking trade. As many as 17, victims are moved into the US each year. Worth region in Texas is home to 15 percent of the total calls sent to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.