These children have fallen through the cracks of our public systems. They remain invisible and unidentified. Yet these girls
are known to us. They attend our schools, live in our communities, and many have passed in and out of our child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
We can, and must, do better for our girls.
The sex trafficking of American children is one of the most shocking and hidden crimes against our
nation’s youth. Approximately 83 percent of confirmed sex trafficking victims in this country are
United States citizens, and 40 percent of cases involve children. In total, from what few statistics
have been gathered, at least 100,000 American children every year are
victims of commercial sexual