Child trafficking
About 2 million American children run away from home each year and within 48 hours, one-third of them are recruited into the world of prostitution and pornography. Some of these children come from foster homes. Human trafficking has become the second fastest growing American crime, trailing only the sale of illicit drugs. About half of these trafficking victims are children. Recent cases include children being sold for sex at truck stops, and servants held in captivity to work without wages. At times, perpetrators are gang members or co-students of victims who manipulate their weaknesses and ply them with drugs to force them into sex schemes. The average age for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12. In particular, child pornography is one of the fastest growing U.S. crimes, with arrests increasing 2,500% in the last 11 years.

The recent passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act awards grants for specialized training programs for law enforcement officers, first responders, health care officials, child welfare officials, juvenile justice personnel, prosecutors, and judicial personnel to investigate and reduce child human trafficking offenses and to rescue victims.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1779 - Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015

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