Child sex trafficking is not just a problem in developing countries, it is a significant issue in the United States. In general, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, often involving sex work and labor services induced by force, fraud, or coercion. According to UNICEF, minor children make up nearly one-third of all human trafficking victims all over the globe. The types of children who are most vulnerable to sex trafficking include those in the juvenile justice or welfare system, those who run away from home or are homeless, those who are refugees, those with disabilities, and those who are LGTBQ. Common warning signs of human trafficking include:
- A child who is engaged in commercial sex acts
- A child who is disconnected from friends and family
- A child who stopped going to school
- A child who experiences a drastic and sudden change in behavior
- A child who is confused or disoriented and cannot effectively communicate
- A child who has several cuts and bruises at various stages of recovery
- A child who is in poor physical shape
- A child who is extremely afraid and avoids eye contact
ERASE Child Trafficking claims that 46 children in the U.S. become victims of human trafficking each day. Since the average class size in U.S. public elementary schools is approximately 21 children, that means two classes full of elementary students become slaves. These children are either put on airplanes and sent to different countries or sent to various cities throughout the U.S. to meet such demand. Traffickers can ever lure children who have access to the internet, convincing them to meet without ever using force. Child sex trafficking is a state and federal criminal act. If your child is a victim of sex trafficking, you must alert local law enforcement to take immediate action. Additionally, you may also be able to recover financial compensation from those who subjected your child to these illegal activities. At Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A., our Toledo personal injury attorneys can investigate your case and hold the criminal parties liable for their devious actions. While the money can’t take away the cruel acts your child endured, it will help them live the best life they can move forward.
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