Sex Trafficking in America

By: Shannon S.

We need to help victims of sex trafficking, not arrest and charge them like criminals. The pimps who take advantage of vulnerable and powerless girls need to be caught and brought to justice. Shelters that are able to provide the therapy, recovery, and support for victims of sex trafficking, especially minors, is of the utmost importance in the first steps towards the elimination of sex trafficking in America and around the world.

Here are the steps we need to take to stop this injustice:

  1. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident child victims of sex trafficking must not be criminalized
  2. The arrest and prosecution of buyers must be made a priority
  3. Domestic minor sex trafficking must be recognized as a national threat
  4. Innovative investigative techniques, technology, and protocols are needed to combat domestic minor sex trafficking
  5. Appropriate protective shelter and services are critical for the protection and restoration of child sex trafficking victims
  6. A nationwide, multi-disciplinary reporting measure is needed to capture the true scope of domestic minor sex trafficking
  7. Survivors must be leaders in the development of services, shelter, and response protocols to domestic minor sex trafficking.

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