Child sex trafficking happens in Colorado
Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, but community vigilance should continue throughout the year. The fact is child sex trafficking, a form of human trafficking, has been reported in all 50 states including Colorado. Child sex trafficking is child abuse.
CO4Kids is working to raise awareness of the issue of child sex trafficking. To help with this project, we reached out to experts who are well known for both recovering and helping victims of child sex trafficking, FBI Operation Cross Country. In October of 2017, FBI Operation Cross Country XI recovered 17 children in Colorado. Watch this video to learn more about where and how kids are recruited, who is recruited, signs to look for as well as the community partnerships that are in place to reintroduce kids who have been victims of child sex trafficking back into society.
We all play a role in preventing child sex trafficking. A simple way to play an important part in ending trafficking is to take the time to raise your own level of heightened awareness and commit to reporting suspicious activity for kids in your community. Don't take a chance or ignore a moment when your call could be the link that gets a child the support they need.
Child sex trafficking can happen in every community and affects children of every age, all genders, races and from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Child sex trafficking is often a hidden crime and sometimes, children or youth may not even view themselves as victims. Child sex traffickers can also be all genders, races and from all socioeconomic backgrounds. In some cases, traffickers may even be the child’s parent or caregiver. Share this video to raise awareness.
If you see signs that concern you, you don't have to be the expert or make the determination. If a child needs help report to 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). If a child is in immediate danger, always dial 911.