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Child Sex Trafficking

Sex traffickers target children in foster care and group homes. These children are more vulnerable to exploitation because of the trauma they have experienced and the lack of a permanent, stable home.

  • It is estimated that up to 40.3 million people around the world are being trafficked.
  • Sex trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries. Trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion a year.
  • 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 have a history in the child welfare system.
  • Traffickers target youth in foster care because of their increased vulnerability due to a lack of family and emotional relationships and support.
  • 74% of child trafficking cases involved sex trafficking, and the majority of those involved pimp-controlled prostitution.
  • The average age of child sex trafficking victims is 15, according to numbers of children reported missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Many sex trafficking victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children. 1 in 7 runaways reported missing were likely sex trafficking victims, and of those, 88% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

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