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12 November 2009 

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Lost Innocents - a Look at Child Trafficking

Children are the most vulnerable segment of society, transported as cheap labor or for sexual exploitation in many parts of the world. UNICEF estimates as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked each year.

Buying and selling children is internationally recognized as a crime. Political leaders and human rights activists condemn it as a despicable, abhorrent act. Nonetheless, child trafficking thrives as a $10 billion a year industry, spanning every region of the globe.

The State Department released its annual report on human trafficking on Friday, June 3, 2005.



Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says US reports have helped generate a modern day abolitionist movement against forced labor and sexual exploitation

  • Child Trafficking: A Thriving, $10 Billion per Year Industry  Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
  • Keeping Kids Safe  Video clip available
  • US Envoy: Half of All Trafficked Persons May Be Children  Audio Clip Available
  • Cheap Labor

    Street Children

    Sex Traffic

     For more information

    US State Department - 2005 Trafficking Report

    UNICEF - the United Nations children's agency

    Terre des Hommes - An international federation working for the rights of children

    Save the Children - An international children's rights alliance

    Asia ACTS - Asians Against Child Trafficking

    Too Young to Wed - A photo gallery from the International Center for Research on Women

    Human Rights Watch on the issue of street children

    Consortium for Street Children - a consortium of UK-based NGO's

    European Foundation for Street Children Worldwide - a Brussels-based foundation

    Dreams Can Be - An organization dedicated to helping street children in Brazil

    Stand Up for Kids - dedicated to helping US homeless and street children