Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking – 293,000 young people may be at risk

June 3, 2011 Comments Off on Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking – 293,000 young people may be at risk

“… an estimated 293,000 young people who may be at risk for being trafficked specifically for the sex trade.”

“Global estimates suggest there are upwards of 27 million people in slavery around the world”

Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking
By James R. Marsh on June 1, 2011

Human trafficking is arguably one of the most disturbing human rights abuses of our time. The United States Department of Justice has estimated that between 14,500 and 17,500 foreign men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States each year.

While estimates indicate that thousands of child trafficking victims exist in the United States, very few have been identified and recovered. Between 2001 and 2009, only 212 foreign minors were successfully recognized by U.S. authorities as victims of trafficking.

Human trafficking is a relatively new issue and emerging area of knowledge for most social service, legal, and law enforcement professionals. It was only in 2000 that the first federal anti-trafficking statute, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), was enacted.
http://www.childlaw.us/2011/06/child-welfare-response-to-chil.html

Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking
Center for the Human Rights for Children, Loyola University Chicago

International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)….
Human trafficking is arguably one of the most disturbing human rights abuses of our time. The United States Department of Justice has estimated that between 14,500 and 17,500 foreign men, women, and children are trafficked into the United States each year.1

These estimates, however, do not include U.S. citizens who have been trafficked, including an estimated 293,000 young people who may be at risk for being trafficked specifically for the sex trade.2

Women and children may comprise as much as eighty percent of the total number of victims of human trafficking.3

These unprotected young children and adolescents are forced into prostitution, domestic servitude, restaurant work, and other types of exploitative labor, or simply find ways to survive on the street….

Global estimates suggest there are upwards of 27 million people in slavery around the world….

16,000 women and girls are commercially sexually exploited
in the metropolitan Chicago area, with an average age of 12 years old at entry. Over 60% enter prostitution before the age of 18.
http://www.luc.edu/chrc/pdfs/BCWRHandbook2011.pdf

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