“This project was supported by Grant #2014-MU-FX-K009 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.”
Have you witnessed sex trafficking? Your first response is probably “no.” But many of us have seen it — we just didn’t realize it at the time. The reality is that sex trafficking doesn’t just happen in faraway places. In fact, young people are sexually exploited — forced to perform sexual acts for money, food, a place to stay, or other basic needs — in every state in the U.S.
That’s why MANY, Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking, and Upworthy, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, are working together these next few months to educate youth, young adults, and the general public on what child sex trafficking is, how it happens, and what we can do to prevent and end it as part of our 4 Youth By Youth (#4YBY) campaign. In the coming weeks, you can expect a number of articles, tools, and resources that will help you participate in identifying, preventing, and working to end sex trafficking in the United States.