All across America, Covenant House Washington rescues thousands of young people from a life on the streets
Often those subjected to abuse by pimps and predators. But unlike some organizations that only provide direct care to victims, Covenant House Washington also advocates for laws that will ultimately put an end to child trafficking. We helped move both International Megan’s Law and the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010 through the House. But we need your help to pass these and other major legislative initiatives.
How Human Trafficking and Child Slavery Hurt Homeless Youth
There is a grave misconception in this country that human trafficking is a trend relegated to foreign soil. But the painful truth is that human trafficking – one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal industries – is a monstrous issue in this country. In fact, 85% of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway youth.
Often disconnected from family and friends, homeless youth are particularly susceptible to traffickers who will lure them with the promise of food, warmth, and even false love. Once snatched from the streets without anyone noticing, they are sold for the highest price, their dignity and sense of self destroyed.
Covenant House Washington receives many of these young people after they’ve found the courage to escape capture, have been freed by police raids, or have made contact with Covenant House Washington outreach staff combing the streets day and night looking for yotuh in need and at risk.
On Their Behalf, We Offer an Urgent Call to Service
We must ignite, state by state, a movement by schools, civic groups, police, social service agencies, and youth advocates LIKE YOU to speak out for those who have been victims, work together to raise awareness of the crisis, and empower our government to protect America’s young adults.
Would you find your way into a dark and abandoned building, huddle under newspapers, and try to ignore the rats scrambling on the floor around your feet?
Visit our Abolish Child Trafficking website to learn how you can make a difference. It’s time for action. It’s time to start a movement to abolish youth trafficking!