Child trafficking can begin something like this: a stranger visits a village and offers housing and a good-paying job in the city. In an effort to support his or her family, the child leaves and promises to send money home. Almost all trafficked children are forced into hard labor and prostitution.
Around the world, as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. In Mexico, more than 16,000 children are working in the sex trade, most of them concentrated around tourist destinations. In Southeast Asia, at least 30 percent of sex trade workers are between the ages of 12 and 17.
This is not an isolated issue and it cannot go ignored any longer. Our children are our future, and they should be protected and nurtured instead of bought and sold. Tell the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, to stand up for our future and end child trafficking.
Our children are our future, but around the world, as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. They end up working hard labor jobs or in the sex trade for very little pay and in horrendous conditions. We cannot ignore them any longer.
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I urge you to use your influential position to stand up for the child victims of trafficking and work to end the buying and selling of children world-wide.
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