How much do you know about global child trafficking?
Number of children trafficked each year for sex around the world. (UNICEF)
Average age of sex workers around the world. Some are as young as 5 years old. (CIA)
Number of children and young girls who are at risk for being trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11. (FBI/ABC News)
Number of years that U.S. citizens can spend in prison if they’re convicted of traveling to another country and engage in child sexual tourism. (US State Department)
Amount of money generated annually by human trafficking. (FBI)
Ranking of human trafficking among all income-generating illegal syndicates (illegal drugs holds the top spot). (Stop the Traffic)
We can change these statistics.
“Given all the power and resources that God has placed in the hands of humankind, I have yet to see any injustice of humankind that could not also be stopped by humankind. I find myself sympathizing with a God who, speaking through the ancient prophet, told his people, ‘You have wearied the Lord with your words...by saying,...”Where is the God of justice?”‘ (Malachi 2:17 NIV)...The more I have come to know him, the harder it has become for me to ask such a God to explain where he has been. In fact, surprisingly, I don’t generally hear the victims of abuse doubting the presence of God either. Much more often I hear them asking me, ‘Where have you been?’”
--Gary Haugen, president, International Justice Mission, from Terrify No More
“Imagine what a dent we could make in the trafficking pipeline if we could educate girls and their parents before the traffickers show up at their doorstep. That’s the goal of the Born to Fly child-trafficking awareness project: to produce materials that educate at-risk kids and their families. Traffickers willingly pay $300 to buy a little girl. It costs much less to tell her (and her parents) that she’s not for sale.”
--Diana Scimone, founder and director, Born to Fly International
“When you choose to look past the horizon, the sky is the limit.”