The U.S. Department of Justice estimates close to 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.

The average age of a sex trafficked child in the United States is 13-14 years old. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

The United States Department of Justice estimates close to 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates a pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child a year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. FBI Report on Crime 2011 reported: ” The average life expectancy of a trafficked child is 7 years.”

We are facing a crisis in this country as sex traffickers are increasingly targeting our children. They have even infiltrated schools sending children who act as recruiters to lure unsuspecting victims into being trafficked.

Local man tells horrifying tales of child sex slavery: First Coast News On Point News Magazine

 

For seven long years I was trapped in a hell no one deserves. I was nothing more than a shell of a human being enduring suffering and torture at the hands of psychopaths and sociopaths as the world looked on. I attended school, and from the outside appeared to be a “normal child” but I was being trafficked in plain sight. I was often pulled out of school to “service” clients and after school, holidays and weekends were all just a never-ending nightmare for me. All of the signs were there but no one cared enough to look or had the training or education to realize my bruises and lengthy illnesses were all red flags for a child suffering endless abuse.
I will never know the joy of being a carefree child lying in a field watching clouds as I imagine figures in their gentle shapes.What I can do is fight until my dying breath so that every child can experience this and stop the tragedy of another vandalized childhood.

Jerome Elam
President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force
Child Sex Trafficking Survivor, Child Advocate, Speaker, Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News and Marine Corps Veteran

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