An estimated 5.5 million children and youth are trafficked around the world each year. They are exploited and abused for prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism; forced marriage; sweatshop work; migrant farming; militias; and other forms of abuse.
One in six endangered runaways reported to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2016 were likely sex trafficking victims. 86% of these likely sex trafficking victims were in the care of social services or foster care when they went missing.
Department of Justice-funded research has begun to track trafficking within the United States and has uncovered effective techniques for both finding victims and improving law enforcement responses to these victims.