Human trafficking, which is the exploitation of people for sexual servitude, forced labor, or financial gain, is rampant in many countries and is thought to generate over $30 billion worldwide1. Here in the U.S., the FBI estimates that over 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking2. Foster children are particularly vulnerable to falling victim to sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking.
60% of all child sex trafficking victims have histories in the child welfare system?
Children without families to make them feel loved and cared for are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by sex traffickers. Foster children in large cities like New York and Los Angeles are at the most risk of being targeted. Traffickers will sometimes send one of their girls into group homes to lure other girls to leave3. Many girls who end up leaving foster care are trafficked into prostitution where they are routinely subject to physical abuse and violence.
In FY 2014, 238,230 children in the U.S. left foster care
Sadly, flaws in the foster care system have led too many children into a life of exploitation and prostitution. NFYI has been working with policymakers to pass legislation aimed at protecting children from human trafficking and coordinating with community organizations to raise awareness of the threat that trafficking poses for foster children in the U.S.
2H.E.A.T Institute 2015
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