Child Sex Trafficking
Experts estimate over 100,000 children are sold into sexual slavery in America every year. Child Sex Trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of America’s children through prostitution, pornography and other sexual performances within U.S. Borders. It is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial “sex act” where the person is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years.
Does Human Trafficking Affect Our Schools?
According to the Department of Education traffickers go anywhere young people hangout. Traffickers target minors in a variety of ways-through social media, the mall, schools or even the minor’s own friends. Traffickers groom and lure their victims with promises of false love, provision, protection and opportunity that turn into a nightmare that they are unable to escape.
Tired during the day from working at night.
Suddenly has expensive things: high end name brand purse (such as Gucci), diamond bracelet, name brand clothes or nails and hair done on a regular basis.
Increasingly interested in or talks a lot about his dream, “we’re going to...”
Older boyfriend, usually one not in school.
Morals and values have slowly expanded.
New tattoo or “brand” of initials, his name or a saying.
Carries multiple cell phones – sometimes unnoticeable.
Keeps eyes down while in public
Starts to become secluded: you see her less and less
By Rebecca Bender Survivor
This year, Release Me International joined advocacy groups, prosecutors, and law enforcement in the Kids Are Not For Sale in Virginia Coalition, advocating for a sex trafficking standalone bill, that was recently PASSED! Click here to view the press release.
- The Prostitution of Children in America: A Guide for Parents and Guardians
- Department of Education: Trafficking of Children in the U.S.
- Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign: Human Trafficking 101 for School Administrators & Staff
NEST equips teachers and youth leaders with age-appropriate curriculum and resources to educate and empower youth – teaching them how to avoid being trafficked, how to stand up for victims of trafficking, and how to spread the word in their communities so that sexual exploitation and human trafficking become a thing of the past.
CHOSEN by Shared Hope International is a comprehensive video resource package that reveals the warning signs and sometimes fatal consequences of sex trafficking to the middle and high school students. The 20-minute video is designed to equip preteens and teens to protect themselves and others from being trapped in the horrific and violent sex industry.
PREVENTION PROJECT supported by Richmond Justice Initiative, believes that in order to eradicate Human Trafficking, the selling of human beings for profit, we must educate young people on the lures of trafficking, and invest in character and leadership development; so we not only prevent sex trafficking from occurring, but create and equip leaders to bring a lasting change for our communities and beyond.
The Just Ask Prevention Project is a public awareness campaign designed to expose Teen Sex Trafficking (TST) in Northern Virginia and inspire the community to end the recrutiment of teenagers.
TRICKED:INSIDE THE WORLD OF TEEN SEX TRAFFICKING by Fairfax County Public Schools. This 1-hour program takes a look at how teens are scouted, manipulated, and trapped in what has become a 9.8 billion dollar underground industry. As an additional resource, the program includes a segment for parents, teachers, and staff with tips on how to help protect students and combat the growing problem as a community.
DECEPTIONS Exposing the Lures of Child Sex Trafficking & Internet Dangers by AWARE Inc. provides young people with the awareness and tools they need to defeat child predators. This program’s goals are to educate adolescents to understand the manipulation tactics used by sex traffickers, convince adolescents to recognize manipulative situations, and provide practice using safety techniques applicable to manipulative situations.