WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on the release of a two year study, Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. The report details the need for a collaborative approach to fighting sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors, as well as the need to confront the demand side of these crimes.
“According to the Polaris Project, human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise across the globe. Yet, most assume that sex trafficking of children only happens overseas. In America alone, an estimated 293,000 children are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation.
“This report recommends important changes needed to strengthen our nation’s emerging efforts to prevent, identify and respond to the sexual exploitation of children in this country. As the report states, ‘A nation that is unaware of these problems or disengaged from solutions unwittingly contributes to the ongoing abuse of minors.’ I will be introducing a resolution next month to raise awareness of the suffering by young girls at the hands of amoral predators in our own backyard.”
DeLauro is a cosponsor of the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2013, which would strengthening the child welfare system to identify, document, and counsel children at risk of exploitation. In June she hosted an event to raise awareness of the unseen problem of domestic child trafficking.