Human trafficking victimizes children and youth through a range of commercial sex and forced labor schemes. This may include prostitution, pornography, sweatshop work, military service, and migrant farming. Traffickers focus on individuals who are without means, lack stable social support or family support. Runaway and homeless youth, foster youth, LGBT youth, and Native American youth are at a high risk of being trafficked.
Using fraud, force and coercion to “recruit” victims, traffickers then resort to violence, threats of violence and abuse to control their victims. Traffickers can include immediate family members, boyfriends, family friends, employers and strangers. The resources in the Trafficking of Children and Youth section focus on at-risk youth in the United States. Resources identify the scope of the problem, the victims, and programs and services available.
The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are ZERO exploited children.