By Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons
Earlier this week, the FBI announced the results of a nationally coordinated effort across 76 cities to find child victims of sex trafficking. Federal and local law enforcement identified 105 children and arrested 150 pimps over the course of three days. Some of the girls were as young as 13 years old.
Human traffickers thrive on manipulating the hopes, dreams, and needs of children and adults into various forms of exploitation. Traffickers operate best when they fly under the radar of community attention. So, here are five things communities need to know to help turn this problem around:
To learn more about how to spot human trafficking, seek help, or report tips, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 or text BEFREE.