On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss one of the largest issues facing humanity today...human trafficking.
All children have the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Yet, millions of children worldwide live in slavery.
Traffickers exploit vulnerabilities — and being a child is an inherent vulnerability. Under US federal law, all children involved in commercial sex are victims of human trafficking. Sadly, only about half of US states have laws that protect sexually exploited children from being prosecuted for prostitution.
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
Studies consistently report that 50-90% of child sex trafficking victims have been involved in the child welfare system, such as the foster care system. Those in foster care have often been removed from abusive or negligent settings, which immediately makes them highly vulnerable targets for predatory traffickers.