Children are most vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation simply because they are children. Traffickers prey upon their innocence and desire for love and relationship.
One of the most common ways traffickers prey on children is through social media. Exploiters took full advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are seeing online child enticement and sexual abuse at an all-time high.
the average age a child is trafficked in the US
increase of online enticement reports from 2019 to 2020
reports of suspected child sexual exploitation in the US in 2021
of child survivors met their trafficker online
how we reach the most vulnerable
While providing services to survivors is crucial to our mission, our goal is that youth never need assistance inside our safehome.
The Lampstand equips youth in schools, churches, child welfare organizations, and other youth-serving programs to recognize vulnerabilities and develop healthy relationships in order to safeguard them from potential exploitation.