We want to break the stigma that boys cannot be victims of sex trafficking! There are thousands of children being sold into slavery daily and, as of 2018, 30-50% of them are boys. In the matter of statistics, boys are underreported as survivors of juvenile sex trafficking. Consequently, there are a lack of shelters and direct services to assist them in the rehabilitation process. This needs to be changed! Our families, schools, churches, and communities are being gravely impacted by this heinous crime.
According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), as amended (22 U.S.C. § 7102), defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:
Sex trafficking: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining,
patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act which
is induced by force, fraud, or coercion. Any child under the age of 18 who has
been subjected to a commercial sex act is a victim of trafficking regardless of
force, fraud, or coercion.
“We recognize that we know more about sex trafficking of girls than about sex trafficking of boys, due both to current general public awareness and the types of situations identified by law enforcement and service providers. One survey identified contributing factors leading to the under-identification of boys victimized in sex trafficking, including the unwillingness of boys to self-identify as sexually exploited due to shame and stigma, the lack of screening and intake by first responders, and limited outreach by organizations to areas and venues where boys are more likely to be commercially sexually exploited.” Resource: ECPAT-USA. And Boys Too.
Join us in our efforts to open a place where these children can experience ultimate transformation through the healing power of God’s love.