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No child says, "when I grow up, I want to sell my body for sex."
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2 million children are sold for sex each year.
Sex trafficking first appears to be a fairytale and quickly turns grim for innocent children in every state in America.
The Once Upon A Crime public service announcement series is bringing light to the dangerous ways 2 million children each year are sold for sex. The series, as seen in TV, print, social media and radio, depicts how sexual predators disguise themselves as their knight in shining armor only to lure young girls into "the life" of sex trafficking. Predators exploit the insecurities, vulnerabilities and fear of children, knowing that society has historically fueled their fantasy with promises of a happy ending. While this may seem like it only happens far, far away from home, the grim reality is that it’s happening right here on our American soil, in every state.
With your help, we can end stories like these and protect future generations.
How does it happen?
Childhood sexual abuse is the root for many sex trafficking victims.
It usually happens at the hands of someone they should be able to trust.
They begin to believe a lie and keep secrets.
"Look what you made me do."
"You should be ashamed of yourself."
"Don't tell anyone...or else."
They try to escape the abuse.
The Average age of
running away and
entering into sex
trafficking is 15-17. Other kids try to escape through drugs, rebellion or even perfectionism.
Within 48 hours of leaving home, 1/3 children are approached by a predator.
They are lured in with false promises of love and protection.
They are sold 15-40 times every 24 hours.
They are manipulated, beaten, coerced and threatened into submission, completely controlled by their trafficker who once posed as a Romeo.