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Prevent Child Sex Trafficking

The Issue

According to the United Nations, child sex trafficking occurs when a child (under 18 years of age) is recruited, enticed, harboured, transported, provided, obtained, or maintained to perform a commercial sex act.

Proving force, fraud, or coercion is not necessary for the offense to be characterized as human trafficking.

There are no exceptions to this rule: no cultural or socioeconomic rationalizations alter the fact that children who are prostituted are trafficking victims. Learn more»


Young Orphan Girl

Coerced through the promise of education, employment and protection.

The issue of modern day sex slavery, or trafficking, is complex, and the first line of defense is preventing the tragedy from ever occurring in the first place. While some children are abducted, the majority are coerced through the promise of education, employment, or protection. If these mechanisms can be battled, the number of trafficked children will decrease.

Prevention strategies include combating poverty, protecting street children through parental assistance, ethical orphan care and adoption programs, changing existing laws to make the buying and selling of children more risky, and educating vulnerable families about the common recruitment techniques in their context.

The following organizations are committed to preventing child sex trafficking by protecting children and giving them hope for a brighter future.