Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States [open pdf - 137KB]
"Human trafficking is a growing concern for our nation. Also known as modern slavery, human trafficking is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act. Since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, law enforcement investigators, social service providers, and community leaders have reported cases of forced labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude, and sex trafficking, impacting a diverse range of populations including men, women, and children, who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals. […] Among the diverse populations affected by human trafficking, children are at particular risk to sex trafficking and labor trafficking. […] ACYF [Administration on Children, Youth and Families] provides this guidance to states and service programs to build greater awareness and better response to the problem of child trafficking. This document is intended to elevate this issue and offer guidance to CW [Child Welfare] systems and RHY [Runaway and Homeless Youth] service providers, based on current research and practice, to improve the collective response to this issue. Importantly, ACYF acknowledges that systems and services must consider enhancing their practices in the context of limited resources. This guidance focuses on emerging knowledge and practices that systems and services can consider integrating into existing activities."
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/