Child Trafficking Statistics
ERASE Child Trafficking is a non profit organization in the U.S. that is dedicated to helping victims of child trafficking. ERASE helps protect children from trafficking situations first through public education – teaching families, organizations, and the community about how they can spot and prevent trafficking. We rescue children who are in trafficking situations and help them adjust to life once they have returned home. ERASE Child Trafficking hopes to spur action in the United States, and globally, to end this crisis.
What is child trafficking?
Child trafficking is the kidnapping, coercing or forcing of young people into slavery that might involve hard labor, servitude, sex work or other services. These children are bought and sold, moved from place to place and kept as unwilling prisoners often for years until rescued and removed from trafficking situations. There are currently over 5 million children being victimized by child trafficking, and 17,000 are taken each year in the United States alone. (read more: What is Child Trafficking?)
Where does it happen?
Child trafficking is not an issue that occurs only in slums, poverty-stricken nations, or underdeveloped areas of the world. It happens in our own backyard, to our neighbors and friends from school. Its been shown that troubled or runaway children are particularly vulnerable targets for traffickers, but nobody is immune to becoming a victim of trafficking. It happens all over the United States – at the airport, at the mall, in a train station, and even in your own neighborhood. Traffickers are experts at deception and can disappear quickly with a stolen child. (read more: Child Trafficking Victims)
Who are the victims?
Statistics show that 46 children in America are taken and sold into slavery per day. Who are these children? Are they criminals and runaways, vagrants and orphans? The truth is that traffickers do not discriminate when it comes to who they choose to target. Trafficking occurs in poor neighborhoods and affluent suburbs, urban centers and rural areas. No child, family or community is without need for awareness and protection when it comes to avoiding the terrible effects of child trafficking. (read more: Child Trafficking Statistics)
Where do these children go?
What happens to a child once they’ve been taken into a trafficking situation? Some are immediately put on airplanes and sent to other countries. Others are sent to meet demand in cities and states around the US. Sending stolen children to other areas also helps traffickers avoid the possibility of the children being recognized locally. As a result, many traffickers will operate at airports and other transportation hubs where they can take a child and be miles away within minutes. (read more: Child Slaves)