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Child Sex Trafficking

70 Percent Of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Sold Online: Study

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume. Astonishing statistics dug up by...

The Fastest-Growing Global Criminal Activity Is More Disturbing Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact

At least 100,000 children are estimated to be sexually exploited each year.

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

FBI's Child Sex Trafficking Raid Excuses the Buyers, Again

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Malika Saada Saar

So, what about the persons who did think the children were for sale, and purchased them? The politely termed "Johns" who purchased children for sex? Shouldn't the FBI "crush" them too?

Syrian Parents Are Selling Young Girls Into Sham Marriages to Avoid Refugee Status

Sam McCormack | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Sam McCormack

Not only are Syrian girls as young as 15 with refugee status being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.

Doesn't Bella Deserve Better?

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Lauren Hersh

In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.

Recruiting Lawyers to Help Trafficking Survivors

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

I applaud these efforts and others like them. They are proof that it takes an entire community to create a safety net to lift up our neighbors, many of them minors, who have survived being trafficked.

Are We Letting the Scandal Over Somaly Mam Distort the Realities of Child Trafficking?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Many argue that Somaly Mam did a lot to focus attention on the plight of these children even if she was lying about her own circumstances and, indeed, she did. But now it turns out that may have caused irreparable damage.

America's Vice Cop -- The Expert Evaluator of America's Child Sex Trafficking Programs

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Lois Lee

An expert is someone who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of a particular field through prolonged and intense experience, practice and ...

Let's Rescue All the World's Children Who've Been Kidnapped for Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

So may the righteous anger over the Boko Haram crime inspire a renewed commitment to eradicating slavery. While we wait and hope for the rescue of the Nigerian girls, let us also mobilize on behalf of the millions who did not appear in the headlines.

Lost Girls Are Everywhere

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Religious leaders should examine their own practices to root out injustices against women that, in the most extreme twisted minds, become justification for the most horrific crimes.

Why are We Spending Less Time Searching for the Missing Nigerian Girls than Flight MH370?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

How much money, time and attention has been spent searching for Flight MH370, the missing 777 airplane? The answer is unknown but it is surely in the ...

O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

Canada must acknowledge that gender inequality, race, incest and histories of oppression are the pillars of the sex trade, including prostitution.

Combatting Human Slavery at the United Nations

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If we could do half as good a job of creating a meaningful taboo in the United States around buying and selling young people for sex as we do around smoking, we'd be so much further along the road to eliminating demand.

Just One Story, Out of Thousands

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

When Girls Are Part of the Solution Everyone Benefits

Lauren Hersh | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

Our journey began in March 2013 with the creation of Project Impact, an arts-based leadership workshop for teen trafficking survivors. We spent three months working with the 15-18 year-old residents of JCCA's Gateways

Want to Fight Trafficking? Fight Homelessness

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.23.2014 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

If we want to fight the sexual exploitation of young people, we absolutely must fight youth homelessness. Kids who don't have a safe place to stay enter a direct pipeline to the pimps and exploiters who recognize their desperation and are waiting to prey on them.

The Super Bowl, Sex Trafficking, and Sensationalism

Adam Banner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Instead of wasting time and money on rumor-mongering and passing redundant legislation, perhaps we should be looking to the root of the problem for solutions.

Concerns Of Child Prostitution During World Cup Prompt New Warnings

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 02.04.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Videos warning soccer fans against paying for sex with children at the World Cup will be played on Brazil-bound flights from England. ...

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

Take Action Today for Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Once in a while, an opportunity comes along for everyone to take an action to save a life. And it won't hurt a bit. You don't even have to step away from your screen. And I'm asking you to do it Wednesday.

Eight Facts You Didn't Know About Child Sex Trafficking

Nathan Harden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nathan Harden

LOVE146--an international charity that provides aftercare and rehabilitation for children rescued from sexual slavery--has collaborated with Nashville-based rock group Band of Love on a new video to increase public awareness on this issue.

Keeping Foster Kids Safe From Prostitution

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At a Congressional hearing Wednesday, lawmakers tackled the pipeline from foster care to prostitution, hearing from child advocates and a victim of sex trafficking raised in foster care.

This Is The Key Measure To Protecting Sex Trafficking Targets

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact

When Mai was approached by a sex trafficking recruiter, the woman's intentions were pretty clear. "This job makes a lot of money," the recruiter t...