It has become even more prominent that children in the foster care system are some of our most vulnerable.
In 2014, some 10,000 endangered runaway children were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a nonprofit that serves as a clearinghouse for reports on missing children. Nearly 1,700 of them were likely victims of sex trafficking and of those, 68 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing, be it a group home, a government facility, or foster care.
While these sobering statistics have been reported for years by the NCMEC, more recent data suggests that the problem is even more acute.
In 2017, nearly 25,000 runaways reported to NCMEC and nearly 3,600 were likely victims of sex trafficking. Of those, 88 percent came from the social services system.
“It’s scary sad when a 14-year-old girl is walking down that street hand in hand with her captor and thinking, ‘This is normal, this is what 14-year-old girls do. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old,’” said Inspector Jim Klein, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Crime Prevention Bureau in a previous interview, commenting on an actual case the department handled.
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Excerpt from “Children in Social Services System Most at Risk of Being Sex Trafficked” BY Petr Svab
May 22, 2019 Updated: May 26, 2019