Sadly, Child Welfare is one of the major pipelines for child sex traffickers. More than 20,075 foster children disappear from the US Foster System each year with the numbers increasing.

 Some will say, “they are just runaways” yet 60% of CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) victims are from the Child Welfare System. 70% of those trafficked are between the ages of 12-14 are foster children.

The Intersection of Child Trafficking & Foster Care

60% of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) victims have a history in the child welfare system .

Human trafficking is believed to be the world's second most profitable criminal enterprise globally ($150 billion annually), second only to drug trafficking. It is the fastest growing criminal enterprise.

74% of children trafficked involved sex trafficking. A child is sold for sex approximately 20-30 times a day.

In Connecticut, “98% of children who are identified as survivors of sex trafficking had previous involvement with child welfare services, and many were legally in the care and custody of the state while they were being prostituted by traffickers."

24% of sex traffickers interviewed were at one point committed into foster care as a child.

The Statistics