Current Efforts & Initiatives to End Child Trafficking

FBI Violent Crimes against Children (VCAC) program


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It’s unthinkable, but every year, thousands of children become victims of crimes—whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse, or online predators. The mission of the Violent Crimes against Children (VCAC) program is to:

  • Provide a rapid, proactive, and comprehensive ability to counter all threats of abuse and exploitation to children when those crimes fall under the authority of the FBI;

  • Identify, locate, and recover child victims; and

  • Strengthen relationships between the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement partners to identify, prioritize, investigate, and deter individuals and criminal networks exploiting children.

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President Donald J. Trump Is Fighting to Eradicate Human Trafficking

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"This is an urgent humanitarian issue. My administration is committed to leveraging every resource we have to confront this threat, to support the victims and survivors, and to hold traffickers accountable for their heinous crimes." 

-Donald J. Trump

President of the United States


  • Today, the President is signing the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1862) which tightens criteria for whether countries are meeting standards for eliminating trafficking.

  • The President signed the Abolish Human Trafficking Act in December, which strengthens programs supporting survivors and resources for combating modern slavery.

  • President Trump signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, authorizing $430 million to fight sex and labor trafficking.

  • The President signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (S. 1312), establishing new prevention, prosecution, and collaboration initiative to bring human traffickers to justice.

  • In addition to these efforts, Congress needs to pass legislation that strengthens border security and prevents human trafficking in all forms.

GOVERNMENT-WIDE EFFORT: President Donald J. Trump has dedicated the full resources of his Administration to work towards ending human trafficking. 

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15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking

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Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider.

  1. Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim. Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals, businesses, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees, among others.
  2. If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions to law enforcement by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline line at 1-888-373-7888.
    Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.

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About Us



Traffickers use violence, threats, deception and other manipulative tactics to trap victims in horrific situations every day, often targeting the most vulnerable population: homeless youth.

In the United States, the most common form of human trafficking involves the commercial sex industry and occurs in online escort services, residential brothels, brothels disguised as massage businesses or spas, and in street prostitution.

There are two primary factors driving the spread of human trafficking: high profits and low risk. Like drug and arms trafficking, human trafficking in the US is a market-driven criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand. Every year, traffickers generate tens of billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, including in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, where Covenant House serves. Vulnerable and susceptible to manipulation, young people experiencing homelessness have become the industry's prime targets.

Why Do Human Traffickers Target Kids Facing Homelessness?

From our experience helping more than 1.5 million children and youth in 31 cities across 6 countries, we have discovered a direct correlation between youth homelessness and becoming a victim of human trafficking. Why does the heinous industry of human trafficking target kids facing homelessness? Because these young people are low risk and are easier to lure from the streets. Kids who experience homelessness are susceptible to human trafficking because they’re vulnerable and malleable - perfect prey for traffickers. And with no place to call home and no one to care for their well being, who'll know they're gone?

We See the Damage of Human Trafficking Firsthand

Every day, young people facing homelessness are exploited by the horrid deeds of human trafficking. Here at Covenant House, we are a safe haven for the young survivors of human trafficking victims who utilize our shelters across North and Central America. When they come to us, most victims are hungry, tired and scared, with no family or loved ones to turn to. The may have been forced to deal drugs, beg for money on the streets or work as servants in someone's home. A majority of human trafficking victims in the US have been made to have sex against their will with multiple partners – all so that someone else can profit from their bodies. Human trafficking truly is a monstrous industry, and at Covenant House, we’ve witnessed the toll that it takes on its victims.

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Our Mission

Veterans For Child Rescue was founded specifically to help bring an end to child trafficking. Our primary methods are to widely expose the threat through multiple mass media platforms and to directly combat the problem by running joint sting operations against traffickers with law enforcement and allied NGOs.

Due to personal family tragedy, Vets For Child Rescue was founded by Veteran Navy SEAL DEVGRU sniper Craig “Sawman” Sawyer in April of 2017. Sawman is now dedicating his life to raising awareness about the epidemic of sex trafficking, rescuing victims, and putting predators behind bars.

The mission of V4CR is three fold:

Nationwide alert: Provide nationwide attention to the prevalence of child sex trafficking through traditional media and the creation of a film series exposing child predators. 

Arrest pedophiles: A VIPR investigative team uses their military and law enforcement experience to run covert tier one operations in conjunction with local police and district attorneys to arrest pedophiles and see the case through to conviction. Currently maintaining a 100% conviction.

Protect our children: The V4CR Nationwide Volunteer team provides free educational outreach programs to arm citizens with the necessary tools to protect their children and maintain safe communities. 


Craig Sawyer

Craig grew up near Houston, TX and got his tactical start in the U.S. Marine Corps. He quickly transitioned to the U.S. Navy to pursue high-level Special Operations as a U.S. Navy SEAL. As an Operator on the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), Craig gained critical combat experience that is now being utilized to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

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The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

Through the Blue Campaign, DHS raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances. The Blue Campaign also offers training to law enforcement and others to increase detection and 

investigation of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice. To view all available Blue Campaign resources, please visit our resources page.

DHS is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers, and protecting victims. DHS also provides immigration relief to non-U.S. citizen victims of human trafficking. 

DHS utilizes a victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, which places equal value on identifying and stabilizing victims and on investigating and prosecuting traffickers. Victims are crucial to investigations and prosecutions; each case and every conviction changes lives. 

DHS understands how difficult it can be for victims to come forward and work with law enforcement due to their trauma. DHS is committed to helping victims feel stable, safe, and secure.

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How to Help Stop Child Trafficking


 The End Trafficking Project is UNICEF USA’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking Project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are no exploited children. © 

Child refugees from Syria and Afghanistan wait at a holding center in Macedonia where UNICEF provides psychosocial support.   UNICEF USA page 3 Speak Out and Educate Learn the Facts Child trafficking is the buying and selling of children (anyone under 18) for the purpose of exploitation. For the full definition, see our Child Trafficking 101. Here are some other things to remember about trafficking:

● Approximately 10 million children today are estimated to be exploited in forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation, child marriage and child trafficking. 

● It is not an “over there” issue; it is reported annually in every U.S. state. ● It occurs in many forms, including labor trafficking, sex trafficking and forced marriages. 

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Ark of Hope for Children


“Breaking the chains for those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying to lead survivors into lives filled with faith, hope and love.”

Ark of Hope for Children is empowering advocates and donors to bring care and awareness to those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying. Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through our various programs.

This approach acknowledges that traumatized people often respond to daily life quite differently even years after their traumatic experiences ended. If we can address their trauma, we can change lives. Unconditional love, understanding and mentoring support can empower victims to mold the challenges of their past into hope filled futures as thriving survivors.

Statistics we have gathered about child trafficking, child abuse and bullying show that intervention is highly needed. Click the links above to the latest statistics or click on our programs below that highlight our efforts to mobilize lighthouses of hope for survivors throughout the U.S. and beyond.

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ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-child trafficking organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of ECPAT International, a network of organizations in more than 90 countries with one common mission: to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children around the world. Our mission is to protect every child’s human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. 

We advocate for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution. 

We empower youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this terrible trade.

We educate first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.

We promote corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.

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To the children who we pray for daily, we say: Your long night is coming to an end.

Hold on. We are on our way.

And to those captors and perpetrators, 

even you monsters who dare offend God's precious children, we declare to you: Be afraid. We are coming for you.



We've gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.'s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.

Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.

It is time for private citizens and organizations to rise up and help. It is our duty as a free and blessed people.

Domestic Services

O.U.R. salutes our nation's law enforcement officers and prosecutors at the federal, state and local levels who protect our country's children. Law enforcement professionals skillfully investigate, arrest and prosecute those who violate children. Our nation's police efforts to protect children in the U.S. are light years ahead of many, if not all other countries. 

O.U.R. acknowledges the expertise and extraordinary work done by these dedicated men and women who bravely battle the scourge of child sexual exploitation. 

O.U.R. shares the mission to save children and seek justice for those who victimize them, therefore O.U.R. is committed to enhancing law enforcement efforts by providing resources where budget shortfalls prohibit a child pornography, child exploitation or human trafficking operation from going forward. O.U.R. will also provide or facilitate child exploitation investigative training in U.S. jurisdictions where a need exists. 

Collaborating with law enforcement will reduce duplication, promote best practices and avoid other potential issues which might arise without close coordination. O.U.R. is privileged and honored to support our nation's heroes in this important cause to deter, disrupt and dismantle child exploitation and the trafficking of children in our nation's communities.

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Destiny Rescue is committed to liberating the enslaved and restoring those who have been abused. Already serving in several nations, Destiny Rescue will keep expanding to reach even more children.

Destiny Rescue is an internationally-recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. 

Our vision is to rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and be a voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves.

We currently operate our various programs in Thailand, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and India. We also have offices in three donor nations: United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Since 2011, we’ve rescued over 2000 children enslaved around the world, helped keep hundreds more from entering the sex trade through our various prevention programs, ensured justice for those who have been wronged, and raised awareness to untold numbers. And we’ll continue to expand to reach even more children in the days ahead!

Destiny Rescue realizes that human trafficking is a global problem. We’re determined to respond to God’s call to set captives free worldwide. Until no more children are sold, forced or coerced into the sex trade, Destiny Rescue is fully committed to fighting for their freedom, their restoration and their futures.

Destiny Rescue exists to Rescue, Restore, Protect, Empower and be a Voice for the Voiceless. Our vision is to see the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children end in our lifetime.


Destiny Rescue rescues children from red light districts, brothels and sexually abusive situations.


Destiny Rescue provides rescued children the intensive care and love they need to recover from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. We provide them medical help, counseling, schooling, vocational training and all daily needs required to be integrated back into society successfully. In addition, we provide a safe protective place for them to live, grow and experience the unconditional love of God – a place where they can feel valued and esteemed; a place where they can be kids again.


Destiny Rescue offers programs that help at-risk children and families reduce their children’s chances of being sold, lured or trafficked into the sex-trade.


Destiny Rescue believes in empowering the poor and giving them a hand up in life, not a handout. Our philosophy and goal is to help them become self-sustaining through one of our many assistance programs. Simply put, we don’t want to create a welfare system where children and families become dependent on our organization, but rather have a chance to become profitable through hard work and common sense.


Destiny Rescue is committed to being a voice for the sexually exploited, vulnerable and poor who, in most cases, can’t speak up for themselves. We believe everyone has a right to be heard, especially those crying out for justice. Many times they are overlooked or tossed aside by society, but we are determined to be their voice – motivating and inspiring influencers to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the voiceless.

Will you help us end child sex slavery in our lifetime?

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 In 2002, the co-founders of Love146 traveled to Southeast Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. In one experience, a couple of our co-founders were taken undercover with investigators to a brothel where they witnessed children being sold for sex.  


“We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at young girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification.

They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it 

was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness.

Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl….

All of these emotions begin to wreck 

you. Break you. It is agony. It is aching. It is grief. It is sorrow.

The reaction is intuitive, instinctive. It is visceral. It releases a wailing cry inside of you. It elicits gut-level indignation. It is unbearable. I remember wanting to break through the glass. To take her away from that place. To scoop up as many of them as I could into my arms. To take all of them away. I wanted to break through the glass to tell her to keep fighting. To not give up. To tell her that we were coming for her….

Because we went in as part of an ongoing, undercover investigation on this particular brothel, we were unable to immediately respond. Evidence had to be collected in order to bring about a raid — and, eventually, justice — on those running the brothel. It is an immensely difficult problem when an immediate response cannot address an emergency. 

Some time later, there was a raid on this brothel, but the children we saw, including the girl who wore #146, was no longer there. We do not know what happened to her, but we will never forget her. She changed the course of all of our lives.”

– Rob Morris
President and Co-founder

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About Us

Our Mission: END Child Trafficking



Phantom Rescue is a 911 Force that deploys globally to recover children that have been taken for Human Trafficking and impede the underground industry that enables it.

The Phantom Rescue Team is an elite group of retired and former military professionals that have come together for a single cause – the recovery of abducted children from Human Trafficking.

Phantom Rescue’s Operational Expertise comes from its Team’s specialized experience of Former U.S. Special Operations & Law Enforcement. Phantom Rescue’s Recovery team has unparalleled tactical training with experience in conventional and Special Operations ranging from Humanitarian Relief, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Assistance, Crisis Management, and Combat Operations. Each team member brings their own unique skill set to every rescue.

We have been rescuing children since 2007 and now we have elected to come out of the shadows of silence and formally announce Phantom Rescue and our mission.

Our story began when we took an oath to protect and defend our country. We believe destiny has brought our team together to tackle one of the greatest injustices known to mankind. Now, it is our unwavering vision to utilize our years of Specialized Training and experience to Locate, Rescue, and Return those children taken for Human Trafficking.


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Child Trafficking Awareness


Child trafficking is a crime that exploits girls and boys for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. Because child trafficking is lucrative and often linked with criminal activity and corruption, it is hard to estimate how many children suffer, but trafficking and exploitation is an increasing risk to children around the world. When human trafficking occurs, children are often trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation or for labor such as domestic servitude, agricultural work, factory work, mining or are forced to fight in conflicts.

Facts about Child Exploitation

There are 215 million children engaged in child labor, with 115 million of those children in hazardous work. Sometimes sold by a family member or an acquaintance, sometimes lured by false promises of education and a "better" life — the reality is that these trafficked and exploited children are held in slave-like conditions without enough food, shelter, or clothing and often severely abused and cut off from all contact with their families. And many of these victims are girls.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits children.  Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking.

98% of sexually abused survivors are women and children2

168 million children are victims of forced labor1

How Can We End Child Trafficking?

Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children’s child protection experts work to combat child trafficking through prevention, protection, and prosecution. In order to maximize our efforts, we work with communities, local organizations and civil society, and national governments to protect children from being exploited, and to help restore the dignity of children who have survived. With your help, they can:

Support livelihoods to help families avoid the need to have their children work.

Raise awareness of trafficking, reducing the number of children being trafficked.

Rehabilitate survivors, and help them rebuild their lives.

Protect unaccompanied refugee children, and keep them from the clutches of traffickers.

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At One More Child we emphasize holistic care that incorporates physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Our safe home provides a safe, supportive environment for child and teen survivors of sex trafficking to heal from trauma and discover their God-given worth and purpose. The girls in our safe home are cared for by expert staff who are sensitive to the individual needs of each victim and who are well-trained in trauma-informed care. In our preventive work, we advocate tirelessly for to make standard trauma-informed approaches to rescue and restoration available regardless of where a victim lives.


The One More Child sex trafficking prevention and advocacy efforts include educating the public about protecting your child, knowing the signs and detecting behaviors that may indicate that a child needs help.

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