As the state with the most cases of child trafficking in the country, the state Legislature recently voted to invest a portion its 2014-15 state budget to prevent child exploitation and serve the victims. The funding would increase state capacity in three key areas: prevention, intervention, and services. Learn about how this will impact anti-trafficking and survivor services organizations.
Law enforcement officials rescued 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide child sex trafficking crackdown in 106 cities across the United States. Along with the children rescued, the FBI reported that 281 alleged pimps were arrested. Learn more about “Operation Cross Country.”
Survivors of sex trafficking in this country often share their stories of being sold online on escort web sites. We are encouraged by the efforts of the FBI and IRS that resulted in the seizure of myredbook.com, an escort website, last week. This effort reduces the environments online where trafficking victims can be exploited. Read about the closure of Myredbook.com
Students at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon watched a documentary about child sex trafficking and wanted to do something about it. After surveying 50 of their peers, they were shocked to find that only 12 “somewhat” knew about the issue of child sex trafficking. The students then conducted research and identified possible solutions and concluded with the students presenting their action plan to state legislators, which included the creation of a shelter for victims of sex trafficking and help to get them back into society. Read about the high school project to support survivors of child sex trafficking.
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