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"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
THE NARRATIVE WE ARE CHANGING
Throughout the world, children as young as four years old are being tortured and abused as sex slaves. The average age of a teen entering the sex trade in the US is 12 to 14 years old. Many survivors are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children, and reports indicate that a large number of child sex-trafficking survivors in the US were at one time in the foster care system.
According to the Polaris Project:
In the US, child trafficking has become a bigger business than gun and drug selling.
Human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar criminal industry.
Human trafficking affects the freedom of 24.9 million people around the world.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in 2019:
One in six endangered runaways were likely survivors of child sex trafficking.
Facebook accounts for 90% of the cyber tip line reports, with over 20 million incidents in 2020 alone.
According to Shared Hope International:
The following states currently allow the criminal prosecution of underage children that have been sexually exploited and were arrested for prostitution: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. We urge you to contact your state representative to help make laws protecting CHILDREN from sexual exploitation.