“Children and youth victimized in human trafficking are not social outcasts or criminals. Rather, they are our neighbors and friends, our nieces and nephews, and our children and grandchildren who have been or who are currently being mentally, physically, and sexually abused. And they don’t need us standing around clicking our ruby red slippers or dreaming of Oz” ~ Karen Countryman-Roswurm.
Dr Karen Countryman-Roswurm worked hard to get the words “prostitution” removed from state laws in Kansas. This change made it now possible for trafficking victims to get the proper help they need. Other states have also made changes to help minors who have been caught up in trafficking, but it should be every state!
Karen was also a homeless youth, beating impossible odds, and is now a Ph.D. and the director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking at Wichita State University Karen likes to call those of us that came up from the streets “survivor/leaders” Karen shares about the fight against human trafficking starts at home. Words every parent needs to hear!
Learn more at Mark Horvath’s Huffington Post article: The Domestic Labor and Sex Trafficking of Homeless Youth.