According to a recent article at change.org on child sex trafficking, 13 is average age a child is targeted and tricked by a pimp. Advocates, law enforcement, service providers, and survivors have all come together to sound the alarm and reveal the brutal reality for the victims who are under pimp-control. Federal initiatives such as the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Forces, which have recovered over 1,200 child victims through four law enforcement operations shows the severity of the problem. And the stories shared by courageous survivors expose the methodical tactics used by pimps to recruit and trap their victims.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act states that any child, under the age of 18, involved in a commercial sex act is a victim of sex trafficking. This law and many human trafficking state laws, which align with the federal standard recognize that children do not choose to be prostitutes. These children are victims who deserve rescue and access to specialized services and shelter. Unfortunately, to date there are limited federal resources available for American child victims of trafficking. Even more shocking is the dearth of shelter options for these victims who have survived the unimaginable. The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victim Support Act 2010 attempted to bridge this gap by providing funding for six pilot shelter programs. This proposed piece of legislation received unanimous support in both the House and the Senate and was moving forward quickly.
This is a good thing. But only a start. And is still in opposition. Let’s be in prayer… let’s be active… let’s consider how we should act.
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