100,000 U.S. Kids are Sold into Sex Trafficking Every Year

Rising Team - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
by Heena Gandhi

On November 2, 2014, I saw an article in the Huffington Post written by Eleanor Goldberg titled, “Sex Trafficking Isn't An 'Over There' Issue. 100,000 U.S. Kids Are Sold Into It Every Year.”

The first sentence of the article, “Selling children into sex trafficking may seem like a remote issue, something that happens in far-off places where kids live in extreme poverty, and their rights aren't valued.” This statement that Goldberg wrote is one that I think many of us can relate to. Without information and knowledge of ongoing issues in the world, people are just not aware...and I was that person. I briefly knew of children living in poverty, and women not having equal rights. After watching videos, and reading articles and stories, it is a real life situation that is happening locally as well as globally. This article is about human trafficking occurring right here—all over the United States. There is a new campaign that wants people to take note that more than 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking in America every year. ECPTAT-USA, is a nonprofit that works to stop the sexual exploitation of children. It is also stated that according to federal law, anyone younger than 18 who engages in prostitution is considered a sex trafficking victim. Most Americans know little about the rampant child sex trade, and that is not okay. People all over the world need to be informed about human trafficking. That is why nonprofits such as ECPTAT-USA and Rising International are doing wonderful jobs in promoting awareness.

Lesley Young Cutler, owner of Envision Meetings and Incentives, Inc. said in a statement, “Once you realize how prevalent this issue is, that it's right in front of us, potentially even in our meetings and events—it's impossible to sit back and do nothing.” I couldn't agree more with Cutler. Those who are informed need to go out into the public, and inform those who are unaware. It is our duty. We have to continue making a difference, and make an end to human trafficking.

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