“Child trafficking victims, whether for labor, sex or organ trafficking, come from all backgrounds, include both boys and girls. They span a wide age range from 1 to 18 years old.”
“There are many innocent-looking websites out there targeted at young children, a lot of them are disguised to look like games and “friendly” chat rooms where you can have an online pen pal.”
“According to the UN, 71% of human trafficking victims are women and girls, while around 33% are children.”
“At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate. In 2019, 1,840 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States.”
“Of 22,326 trafficking victims and survivors identified through contacts with the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2019, at least 5,359 were under age 18.”
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
Children who experience child abuse and neglect are approximately 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.