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Human trafficking is a criminal business that profits from enslaving people for sexual servitude and forced labor. It is said to be a $32 billion worldwide industry, and the fastest growing and second largest criminal enterprise in the world today (second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms). Foster care children and youth are sometimes targeted by traffickers.

In 2012, studies estimate that between 50 and 80 percent of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in California are or were formally involved with the child welfare system.

Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the Honorable Joette Katz, stated in her testimony to the state that in Connecticut, 98 percent of children who are identified as survivors of sex trafficking had previous involvement with child welfare services, and many were legally in the care and custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families while they were being prostituted by traffickers.

Another study found that at least 85 percent of all CSEC in New York State had a child welfare background.

Survinging your rescuers: Tara's story as a victim of the foster care system

http://www.vice.com/read/sex-trafficking-how-i-survived-foster-care

In case you were too busy to read the link above, it details the story of a sex trafficking victim named Tara Burns. I won't do a thorough summary because I'd like you to hear her story from the only perspective that truly matters (hers) but for the sake of this article will include the following synopsis of her experiences.

Federal Legislation Includes Youth Rights, Normalcy, and More

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act includes more than prevention. It also addresses youth rights in foster care, normalcy, alternative options to permanent foster care, and more. Although this bill has passed the House, it still needs to pass the Senate in order for President Obama to sign it into law. The Senate will be back in session and able to vote in September. You can contact your Senators right now to share your story and encourage them to think of you while considering this bill.

Survinging your rescuers: Tara's story as a victim of the foster care system

http://www.vice.com/read/sex-trafficking-how-i-survived-foster-care

In case you were too busy to read the link above, it details the story of a sex trafficking victim named Tara Burns. I won't do a thorough summary because I'd like you to hear her story from the only perspective that truly matters (hers) but for the sake of this article will include the following synopsis of her experiences.

Federal Legislation Includes Youth Rights, Normalcy, and More

The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act includes more than prevention. It also addresses youth rights in foster care, normalcy, alternative options to permanent foster care, and more. Although this bill has passed the House, it still needs to pass the Senate in order for President Obama to sign it into law. The Senate will be back in session and able to vote in September. You can contact your Senators right now to share your story and encourage them to think of you while considering this bill.

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