Every night thousands of children walk the street of U. They come from cities, small towns, and rural areas of every corner of our country. They have run away from sexually or physically abusive family situations or from the pressures and problems that are so common to all teens and adolescents.
In essence, this definition involves three elements: the transport of the person, the force or coercion of the victim, and the abuse and exploitation . The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime divides the definition of human trafficking into three sections: the act, means, and purpose . The act, or what is done, generally refers to activities such as recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons.
Shared Hope International is a non-profit organization working to raise awareness and combat the sex trafficking of America's children. Our first goal is to talk with professionals who have the potential to directly or indirectly interact with children at-risk for commercial sexual exploitation. Conversations with professionals who interact with these youth populations can assist in determining the scope of the problem and assist with identifying challenges and promising practices in an effort to address this horrific crime in Virginia.
Thorn is part of a large ecosystem of people, companies, organizations and governments working to protect kids from sexual exploitation. To fully address these crimes, we must build and maintain an understanding of the complex life cycle of abuse. Deep understanding allows for specific action to change lives.
Both girls had run away from home. Department of Justice's Western District of Washington reports that in Novembera King County man was convicted of trafficking teenage girls across state lines, forcing them to work as prostitutes. Only a very small percentage of people look at child pornography or purchase kids for sale.
Part of the Sex Trafficking Series. Sadly, forced human slavery is not new to our country or the world. More than two hundred years ago, British member of Parliament William Wilberforce tirelessly crusaded to protect innocent humans from forced bondage.
The sale of children in our country is a growing industry. Payment for the sex act can be anything of value given to or received by any person e. Since DMST mostly exists underground it is difficult to know the exact number of victims.
The report reveals shocking findings of three years of intensive research on the issue of child sex trafficking in America from ten locations across the U. Some important key findings include:. This recently updated special collection explores the complex experiences and needs of immigrant survivors of domestic violence and includes resources to support their path to safety and justice.