Tuesday, January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Across the country, anti-trafficking organizations are hosting activities, from film screenings to training on community response efforts. Locally, The Covering House will be part of a panel discussion at St. Louis University tomorrow night at 5pm.  The discussion will follow the movie Very Young Girls.  This is a good opportunity to learn more about the child prostitution and trafficking crisis in the US and it will be good way to meet those in the St. Louis area who are trying to help. Current statistics site:

  • Human trafficking generates an estimated $9.5 billion in annual revenue in the United States. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • There are reportedly up to 300,000 child prostitutes in the United States. And that number is growing daily. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13 years old. (The U.S. Department of Justice) Read the rest of this entry