How to end Child Sex Trafficking

President Obama recently instated January as the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. As he explains in his presidential proclamation, millions of men, women and children are still victims of this form of modern day slavery. Although one might think human trafficking does not happen in our backyard, it is unfortunately a practice way too common in the United States and around the world.

“Human trafficking occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across our Nation. Children are forced to fight as soldiers, young people are coerced into prostitution, and migrants are exploited. People from all walks of life are trafficked every day, and the United States is committed to remaining a leader in the global movement to end this abhorrent practice.”

Through this awareness month and the creation of the Federal Office on Trafficking in Persons, under the Department of Health and Human Services, the government is showing their determination to fight human trafficking, which considerably impacts children. Additionally, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children  facilitated the reporting system of missing children and also seeks to give information on sexual exploitation.

At a state level, 2015 was an important year for Texas in the fight against child sex trafficking. The Texas Governor and Texas CASA provided workshops, trainings and information to child welfare organizations and law enforcement  regarding the recovery and protection of children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Texas regional office hopes to do much more in 2016. In fact, we can all do more to spread awareness and find ways to combat children and human trafficking.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children invites you to




The following video by Senator John Cornyn enlightens us on different ways we can all be involved to protect children as this is an issue around the world, but also at home.

Texas Senator John Cornyn speaks out about human trafficking prevention.


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Camille Van Kote

About Camille Van Kote

Camille Van Kote is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from Barnard College in 2012. As an undergraduate, she worked as an AmeriCorps member for Jumpstart for Young Children. She was also involved with the Columbia Child Rights Group, where she spearheaded various campus-wide events, including film screenings, conferences and fundraisers, to promote awareness on children’s issues. She interned at Tahirih Justice Center and Kids in Need of Defense, working with courageous women and unaccompanied minors fleeing violence. This past summer, she interned at the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, an NGO advocating for sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.

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