“Conservatively, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) estimates that at least 100,000 children each year are caught up in the insidious world of child prostitution: 55% of street girls engage in prostitution; 75% work for a pimp; the entry age for girls is 12 – 14; and for boys, 11 – 13. Yet, it is under-recognized and under-reported, a problem of hidden victims.The Internet’s Role in Human Trafficking The fantastic opportunities the internet and online services provide are not limited to good people with good intentions.These same tools also enable child exploitation and human trafficking. K based internet watchdog organization, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), reported in 2008 that they had positively identified 2,755 global internet domains containing images of child sexual abuse – 80% of which were found to be commercial in nature, an increase of 33% from 2006 (IWF, 2008).
The research found that these images predominantly depicted more female victims (79%) than male victims (7%), with 14% of images depicting both male and female victims.
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Far too many ‘good’ people still condemn the victims rather than the abusers.
There are more people enslaved in the world today than were taken out of Africa during 400 years of trans-Atlantic slave trading.
Human trafficking is the modern-day form of slavery, and it is thriving.
The modern trade in humans is as broad as illegal drug trafficking in its global reach.
The sale of victims is occurring in virtually every country in the world.
America is no exception, though most Americans are unaware that that child – and adult – trafficking is a major problem in every city and town in this country.
In the US, this trafficking of children is virtually always for sexual exploitation.
In other countries, it includes the sale of children into forced labor as well.
In this blog, I am specifically focusing on child trafficking in the US.