We know trafficking and child exploitation is a blight on humanity. We must do more. The vulnerable must be protected. Coaxion recognizes the sacrifices made by our law enforcement and other service providers who risk their own well being to save children and find those who harm them. Those who brave this battle deserve our help.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world. It can happen to anyone but some people are more vulnerable than others and traffickers often identify and leverage their victims’ vulnerabilities in order to create dependency. It is a notoriously underreported crime.
Exploitation of a child refers to the use of the child in work or other activities for the benefit of others and to the detriment of the child’s physical or mental health, development, and education.
Exploitation includes, but is not limited too, online enticement, child sexual abuse material, child sex trafficking. Both terms, however, indicate that advantage is being taken of the child’s lack of power and status.
Child Sex Trafficking
Child sex trafficking is a form of child abuse that occurs when a child under 18 is advertised, solicited or exploited through a commercial sex act. Examples of child sex trafficking include Pimp-Controlled Trafficking, Gang-Controlled Trafficking, Familial Trafficking, and Buyer-Perpetrated Trafficking.
Child Sex Trafficking
Child sex trafficking is a form of child abuse that occurs when a child under 18 is advertised, solicited, or exploited through a commercial sex act. A commercial sex act is any sex act where something of value – such as money, drugs or a place to stay – is given to or received by any person for sexual activity.
The issue of child sex trafficking is complex. Understanding the various forms of child sex trafficking and indicators can create opportunities for prevention, identification and response.
reports of child sexual abuse material according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
of child sexual abuse material have been identified by Law Enforcement according to the NCMEC
1 in 6
reported missing and had run away were likely victims of child sex trafficking according to the NCMEC
Exploitation includes, but is not limited to, online enticement, child sexual abuse material, child sex trafficking. Both terms, however, indicate that advantage is being taken of the child’s lack of power and status.
Sex trafficking and child exploitation investigations are complex and present unique challenges to law enforcement. These cases demand a robust multidisciplinary response. These investigations require a unique skillset to ensure the protection of victims and effective prosecution of offenders.
Both types of investigations require unique approaches to combating the different ways children are victimized. Coaxion can help.