- 100,000- 300,000 children in the United States at risk of becoming victims of prostitution, according to the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice.
- $32 billion that human trafficking generates per year around the globe, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
- 11-14 – average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States, according to the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice.
These are numbers, but they aren’t just numbers. Each figure represents a child in desperate need of help. Behind each statistic is a perpetrator who must be brought to justice.
Today, sex trafficking crimes are often facilitated by technology. Most recently, some online classified services have become a platform for traffickers to advertise their victims using provocative images and explicit text showcasing hourly rates for victims, many of whom were forced into prostitution as children. The motives of the advertisements are clear — to advertise sex trade to the world. In return, online classified services reap huge sums of money for running the ads.
It’s time we put an end to human trafficking. The advertising of illegal activities like child prostitution should be strictly prohibited. Under no circumstances should companies be able to profit from selling sex with children.
The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act is designed to penalize Internet marketplaces that knowingly facilitate human trafficking through online advertisements. Specifically, the legislation makes publishing online trafficking advertisements a felony. It is a powerful step forward in addressing the large proportion of transactions for sex with children that are conducted on the Internet.
America’s children deserve our greatest efforts towards their protection, and the American values of freedom, human rights, and the rule of law demand it.
Learn more at Rep. J. Randy Forbes’ Suffolk News-Herald article: Legislation would help SAVE children.