• July/August 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 6

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Webpage on Preventing Sex Trafficking

In order to successfully prevent, combat, and help eliminate child sex trafficking, it is important to understand what sex trafficking means, who the perpetrators and victims are, and its impact on children, youth, families, and communities. Child welfare professionals in particular should be aware of issues surrounding trafficking because children and youth involved with child welfare are at high risk for victimization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a webpage that provides practitioners with the tools, information, and resources to better understand and help prevent the sex trafficking of children.

The website gives a brief overview of the problem of sex trafficking, describes the victims, and addresses the risks and consequences associated with trafficking victimization and perpetration. The website also provides tips about what communities can do to help prevent trafficking and points to CDC and Federal resources, as well as victim and survivor services.

To learn more, visit the Understanding Sex Trafficking webpage on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/trafficking.html.

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