Many have been the cases in which institutions such as orphanages and abandoned children centers have been discovered as key places in human trafficking cases.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported that over 18.500 children and youths have escaped from foster care, and that one out of every six children become sex or human traffic victims. This translates to a total of 86% of cases in which child protective services have failed.
In 2014, Ney York state authorities estimated that 85% of child sex abuse and human traffic come from foster care:
“Yes, children are drugged, kidnapped and sold to pimps in exchange for sex. This is a reality we must face.”
The worrying part is the fact that, when faced with this reality, we choose to look the other way. The fact that these children have no families does not mean that their childhood and innocence can be so mercilessly stolen away from them.
These children and youths should be protected by the state, and we have failed to show proper interest in ensuring it happens.
During 2012, the state of Connecticut rescued 88 children, victims of human traffic, out of which 86 came from foster care.
Faced with this reality, it is important for all of us to listen to the voiced of those homeless children, who lead a life of stolen innocence, hopes and dreams. These children are also part of our society, and everyone should listen and support them.