Our Cause

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).

 

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).

Criminalizing Victims

 

  • In 2008, New York became the first state to enact Safe Harborlegislation, 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).

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)                   *Grace House (Oregon)

  *Gracehaven (Ohio)                 *Resilience Rising (Colorado)

  *Sarah's Home (Colorado)      *Streetlight USA(Arizona)

  *Wellspring Living (Georgia)

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PO Box 492, Denver, CO 80201             (303) 758-9451             contact@resilience-rising.org

If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation:

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.