They Are Our Children. Learn the Signs.

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January 23, 2014

There is no easy way to talk about this. Child trafficking is something we sometimes think of as happening elsewhere. The chilling reality is this horrible crime is a problem in the United States, too. Most of us believe there is nothing we can do, but there are details we can notice, and actions we can take.

Human trafficking has been likened to modern-day slavery. It is not the same as smuggling, as it does not require movement across borders. Many times people lured by false promises and the desire for a better life, end up being victims of trafficking criminals.

Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states in the U.S., with particularly high rates in California, Texas, Florida, and New York. Are you familiar with possible signs a child is being trafficked?

  • – Knows little about his or her whereabouts
  • – Exhibits fear or anxious behavior
  • – Has inconsistencies with his or her story

The children who are most vulnerable are those who are living on the streets — those who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters. When we support organizations that help children in those situations, providing community education and anti-violence programs, we are also helping to combat child trafficking.

The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when children are no longer exploited.

Take Action Challenge

President Barack Obama has declared the month of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Find out more about what our partners at UNICEF are doing to end child trafficking and lend your voice to the cause.

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