Runaway children are one of the populations most at risk for child sexual exploitation. A recent study on the sexual exploitation of runaway children by the University of Denver found that nearly 10% of runaway children interviewed had reported to have resorted to or had been coerced into engaging in commercial sex for survival on the streets.
The fight against child sex trafficking saw a big domestic win last week, as law enforcement officials rescued 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide child sex trafficking bust. Along with the children rescued, the FBI reported that 281 alleged pimps were arrested. Read More
In a statement released this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced that it had identified 552 victims of child sexual exploitation to date in 2014. Read More
When we talk to people about the issue of child abuse imagery and child sex trafficking, the most common response we hear is, “what can I do to help end this problem?” The highlighted programs below are two ways that you can play a role in preventing child sex trafficking and stopping the exploitation of children now. Read More
On an ongoing basis, we ask our supporters to help call attention to youth at risk for child sex trafficking. In an effort to call even more attention to the issue, we’re providing more detailed information about youth at risk for child sex trafficking, and would like to ask you to spread these warning signs for child sex trafficking around your network. Read More
One in eight endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2012 were likely sex trafficking victims. Youth at risk, young girls and boys, are lured into sex trafficking every day. How can we put a stop to this? Read More
The following post was submitted by Tagged, one of our technology partners. It is part of a series of posts written by our technology partner organizations on the issue of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Tagged is a social discovery platform that allows its users to browse the profiles of other members, play games and share tags and virtual gifts. Tagged has 100 million members.
As digital defenders of children, exploring and understanding the deepest and darkest corners of the Internet is part of Thorn’s effort to better combat child abuse imagery and child sex trafficking. Read More
As we, at Thorn, fight to put an end to child sex trafficking and child pornography, we are acutely aware that child abuse is a critical aspect of both of these crimes. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we want to take time to call attention to the lasting affects of abuse on children and how we can help bring an end to it. Read More
About 40% of the world’s population is online with approximately 2.7 billion Internet users. Over 100 countries have at least one million Internet users each. New technologies offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to explore, learn, play and communicate in ways that were not available to previous generations. Read More