National Trafficking Awareness Month

Did you know? January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It is estimated that up to 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked, and sex trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries.

Children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, especially children connected to the child welfare system. In the U.S., 60 percent of domestic child trafficking victims come from foster care and group homes

Shining a Light: Download our Child Sex Trafficking fact sheet, and read more below. We hope these stories will educate and move you — and motivate you to spread the word. The practice of human trafficking won’t be eradicated without everyone’s help.

Of Human Bondage: Florida is one of the worst states in the nation for human sex trafficking. Read the powerful story of Cindy Alvarado, who was coerced into the sex trade in South Florida.

Sex Work and Foster Care: Tragically, many of the children we represent at Children’s Rights have experienced sex trafficking. Read M.D.’s story as told by Senior Attorney Elizabeth Pitman Gretter: “I remember thinking how scared she must have been and how desperate. I also remember wondering just how often his horrible storyline played out.”

#StopTraffick: In Georgia, an innovative campaign aims to raise awareness of child sex trafficking. Six dozen yellow school buses, all featuring anti-trafficking messages, have made their way through Atlanta to represent the roughly 3,600 children that authorities say are sold into sex slavery every year in Georgia.