Motivated by this profound injustice that touches the lives of so many young women and girls at the margin, we at Rights4Girls
One year ago, we launched a campaign in California, called "No Such Thing As A Child Prostitute." Our goal? To eliminate the very notion of "child prostitute" in both language and in law.
"Sometimes I didn't even eat," said Christian Atsem, speaking of the conditions while he was enslaved. "We didn't have a
A proposed bill would prevent victims from being arrested alongside traffickers in brothel raids.
“I promised myself that whatever I could do to help other children not to suffer, I would do.”
Figures show "we are on the right track, but we are not still on the fast track."
A critical move as pay phones disappear in the second largest region for trafficking.
There are no accurate figures, but many women and children are sold into child marriage or bonded labor.
Every day across the country, youth run away from home, are kicked out, become orphans, or exit the juvenile justice or child welfare system with nowhere to go. The number of homeless teens in the US has more than doubled since 2007, and today, they number more than 1.6 million.
With domestic and international terrorism, refugee crises around the world, and a Presidential race filled with ugly diatribe dominating the news cycles, it seems there is no place for an issue like child exploitation in the news.
Most of the work currently being done by those who care for child trafficking victims is "rescue and rehabilitation" but precious little is done to interdict or disable the trade in and use of children for slavery, especially sexual slavery.
The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant, the event gathered over sixty people of goodwill who care about children, any children, who suffer in Greece.
The taut drama becomes even more chilling with the knowledge that it is re-enacted everyday in some form in countless brothels in India and beyond -- more often than not, without the intervention that saved Lakshmi.