We've all seen stories like these, right? But, how is this even possible? And, what happens next? Where do the girls (and boys) go?
Do they ever recover?
According to a recent U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the number of human trafficking victims rescued and traffickers prosecuted had nearly doubled.
The report, conducted by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, found that nearly 78,000 victims were identified in just one year.
Where did the traffickers get these kids?
One of the most comprehensive studies on the subject is the Arizona State University “Six-Year Analysis of Sex Traffickers of Minors”.
In this report, which detailed the cases of 1,804 Children who had been trafficked, the following picture was painted of who these American children are who had been trafficked.
- The range in age of the children recovered was between 4 years old and 17 years old with the average age being 15 years old.
- The children spent an average of 154 days in severe trauma and abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
- The analysis found that 78% of the children had homes and parents that they could go home to.
- The other 22% were children who were taken from group homes or were taken advantage of while they were homeless.
For over 1,500 children and young adults who have been recovered from human trafficking, the answer to where they went after being recovered was the same.
They went to one of the Phoenix Dream Center’s Human Trafficking Programs.
A number of the girls were from right here in Phoenix but many of them were from cities all across the United States.
There aren’t too many places that offer specialty healing programs for survivors of human trafficking so we take in girls from all over.
It’s never been too important to us where the girls come from. We’re mainly focused on getting them the best care and healing that we can give them.
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