Rescue & Restoration

*Since 2003, the FBI's Innocence Lost National Initiative has rescued more than 6,000 children from sexual exploitation.

*In the United States, there are just 8 residential programs for these young survivors.
  *Avanti House (Colorado)       *Children of the Night (California)
  *GEMS (New York)        *Gracehaven (Ohio)
  *Resilience Rising (Colorado)  *Streetlight USA (Arizona)
  *The Daughter Project (Ohio) *Wellspring Living (Georgia)
Children Are Not for Sale

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)
    or domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) includes:

*being prostituted by a family member, boyfriend, or pimp
*survival sex for food, shelter, or money
*trading of sex for drugs or alcohol
*being the subject of pornography
*working as a stripper, in massage parlors, in escort services
*child marriage
Sexual Violence Pipeline

*1 in 7 youth between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013). Most are running from abuse or neglect.

*75% of runaways are female (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013). 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ (Polaris Project, 2016).

*70% of street youth are victims of sexual exploitation (Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, 2015).
Physical & Emotional Trauma

*The average lifespan once in the sex trade is 7 years (U.S. Department of State, 2014). The most common causes of death are HIV and homicide (FBI, 2015).

*83% of prostitutes are assaulted with a weapon (Farley, 2009).

*1 in 8 trafficked children has tried to harm or kill herself in the last month (Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics, 2015). 
Criminalizing Victims

*In 2008, New York became the first state to enact Safe Harbor legislation, treating minors in prostitution as victims instead of criminals.

*In 2014, 580 minors were arrested for prostitution in the United States (FBI's Uniform Crime Report).

*It costs $88,000 annually to detain a child in the juvenile justice system (Justice Policy Institute, 2009).
Children of the Night hotline 1-800-551-1300       National Human Trafficking hotline 1-888-373-7888