On Tuesday July 21, Shared Hope International will release a groundbreaking report on child sex trafficking in the United States at the Congressional Human Trafficking Briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the Human Trafficking Caucus and Victims’ Rights Caucus. The briefing was initiated and led by two long-time advocates for victims protections, Congressman Poe (TX) and Congressman Smith (NJ).
Linda Smith (1994-98), Founder of Shared Hope International, along with representatives from the Department of Justice and President of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, will present and comment on the findings of more than four years of research in America.
Shared Hope International’s National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, America’s Prostituted Children highlights the harsh reality that hundreds of thousands of American children are victimized through sex trafficking in the United States driven by the demand for the commercial sex acts they perform. A child sex trafficking victim who is purchased for sex by 5 different men per night, 5 nights per week for an average of 5 years would have been raped by 6,000 buyers during her victimization through prostitution. Many of these child rapists are never charged or prosecuted while the young victims’ lives are destroyed. To watch a shocking human rights surveillance video instantly, click the link: http://www.sharedhope.org/what/dmst.asp
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Become familiar with the prevalance of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in your community. Visit http://www.sharedhope.org/dmst/ to view our assessments of 11 locations in the United States; each one illustrating the prevalance of domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States.
2. Raise awareness! Inform your friends, neighbors and relatives that American children being sold into sexual slavery EVERY DAY – in your state, your city, your town.
4. Contact your Congressman. Encourage your Congressman to participate in Tuesday’s hearing and remind them the importance of protecting ALL of America’s children. Contact your state congressman and senator today!