Take Action to End Child Trafficking
It’s clear that abused or neglected youth are vulnerable to the recruitment and control tactics of human traffickers. Child welfare professionals can play a critical role in identifying and protecting youth who are targeted by human traffickers. In too many cases however, our child welfare systems fall short and fail to protect children.
Recent reports have shown that the majority of child trafficking victims in the United States have had contact, often multiple times, with the child welfare system Separate studies in New York State, California, and Connecticut all found that most exploited and trafficked children had been involved with their child welfare systems.
UNICEF helps strengthen child protection systems around the world to prevent trafficking and exploitation. UNICEF works with police, prosecutors, judges, lawyers and social services and health professionals to better protect children in contact with justice and welfare systems.