FROM FOSTER CArE TO TRAFFICKING

An Analysis of Contributory Factors


ABOUT THE REPORT

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Professional traffickers rely on complex forms of psychological manipulation to lure their victims and maintain a hold over them. They are skilled and resourceful, and they know where and how to find vulnerable victims. In the US, that often means preying on children involved in the child welfare system.

The links between child sex trafficking and the child welfare system have grown more obvious in recent years, but these are not fixed realities. Institutions can be changed and narratives can be rewritten. We can work collectively to create a system that nurtures, protects, and empowers kids, and in doing so, set a bold example for the rest of the world.