Schools Can Help Combat Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking of Children

Published Feb. 8, 2013 | Rules for Engagement/Education Week


There’s a common misperception that human trafficking doesn’t happen in the United States, that it’s a “foreign problem”. The truth is it’s an everywhere problem. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children roughly estimates that at least 100,000 children are sexually exploited each year in the U.S., and the Department of Homeland Security estimates that worldwide, 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking.

The U.S. Department of Education in Washington hosted a discussion yesterday, offering insight on the scope of the problem and how schools can help combat the sexual exploitation and trafficking of young children in the country.


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