The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently rescued 79 children forced into prostitution as part of a three-day sweep. But this is only a small fraction of the total number of children living horrible lives of daily abuse and exploitation.
100,000 or more children are lured into prostitution every year, according to FBI estimates. Criminals identify children who are vulnerable and, initially, offer them help. The kids might be runaways, living on the street, or otherwise isolated and unprotected.
Sex traffickers also use social networks to identify and target their victims. Once they are captured, the children are subjected to violent beatings and sexual abuse and moved from state to state to prevent them from finding help or escaping. Columnist and attorney John Whitehead refers to child prostitution as America's "dirty little secret."
More must be done to prevent children from being subjected to a life of crime and abuse. Tell the FBI to do more to protect children!
We the undersigned respectfully ask that you make the prevention of child prostitution a top priority in your endeavors.
While it is true that you recently conducted a three-day sweep that resulted in the rescue of 79 children, by your own estimates there are around 100,000 children a year lured into prostitution. This is a form of child slavery. It is a terrible blot on America's social landscape.
Please monitor social networks so as to apprehend sex trade criminals and educate communities about the dangers of child prostitution and how to identify children who are vulnerable. Crack down on this terrible exploitation of children!
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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