The Use of the Internet to Recruit Children by Traffickers

The internet has revolutionized the way traffickers recruit victims, and children are especially vulnerable. Sex traffickers increasingly turn to social media and online platforms to recruit children for trafficking schemes. In 2020, considering the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified a 22% increase in online recruitment into trafficking schemes and reported the internet as […]

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Online Recruitment of Children for Sex Trafficking

The Internet: A Recruitment Tool for Child Sex Trafficking Although traditional methods of recruitment continue, the internet allows traffickers increased access to a larger number of potential child victims, thereby exposing children to greater risks and dangers. According to the 2021 Federal Human Trafficking Report, more than half (57%) of all criminal trafficking cases involved child victims, […]

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Social Media and Child Sex Trafficking

Social media platforms have become an integral part of the lives of children and adolescents, providing opportunities for communication, self-expression, and engagement with peers.At the same time, social media intersects with human trafficking in all the elements of the trafficking process.As the entire world has flocked to the internet and social media, traffickers have quickly […]

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