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It’s sad but true: here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.
Between 2010 and 2012, the number of human trafficking victims identified in California alone tripled. According to the FBI, the San Francisco Bay Area is one of three regions in the United States with the highest density of child sex trafficking. While a percentage of these victims have been trafficked from Mexico or Asia for the purposes of forced labor, the majority are U.S. born citizens who are forced or manipulated into the commercial sex trade as minors.
Those most likely to be affected are children who come from environments of extreme instability, abuse or trauma, and a background of foster care, homelessness or the juvenile justice system. These youth are easy targets for gangs and traffickers, and are often forced or manipulated into street prostitution. Without supportive adults and mentors in their lives, many of these young adults miss out on crucial parts of their education, and fail to develop life and job-seeking skills. At age 18, those living in foster care or receiving services as a minor suddenly find themselves on their own.
Unequipped with the relevant skills to seek employment in burgeoning local industries, these individuals become trapped in a dangerous cycle of poverty and exploitation. They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.
We’re working hard to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists. Learn more.
100% of the funds we raise online through our Online Sales and Affiliate Programs get donated to rehabilitate those rescued from sex trafficking. This includes supporting organizations like Claire's House, Destiny Rescue, New Day for Children and Shared Hope International, organizations dedicated to recovering children from sex trafficking and providing them safe spaces and resources to begin new lives.