Christine Cesa

  • The average age of a Commercially Sexually Exploited Child or Trafficked individual is 12. 

  • 80-90% of Survivors report previous sexual abuse. 

  • They are often unseen and unheard; The question is, ” Do you see them?”

  • Sex trafficking or the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is the 2nd largest Criminal Industry in the U.S. 

  • There have been 25 typologies of Human Trafficking identified by the Polaris Project – at least 33% of these are know venues for Commercial Sex Trafficking. 

  • 1 in 5 runaways are likely victims of sex trafficking in 2015 according to National Center of Missing and Exploited Children

  • 71% of survivors report having an ad placed on Backpage or being forced to be advertised online through various sites. 

  • Between 2010 to 2014 online solicitation has grown by 846%

  • 70% of survivors report being in the foster care system

  • 30% of survivors report being exploited by a family members.

  • We are working to prevent and end child sex trafficking and exploitation.

  • Exploitation steals an individuals identity, hopes, dreams and often their lives, many victims are never identified.

  • Demand fuels exploitation, we need to change the cultural mindset that and acceptance that allows buying girls and women like products.   

If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, please contact 1-888-3737-888 or Text HELP to BEFREE. 


Comments from attendees: 

“Impactful training – so many tools to walk away with” – DCFS staff.

“I was so glad I came- I see now that I need to treat these youth with empathy for all that she has been through”- Juvenile Officer.

“I thought I was the only one- now I know that I am not alone”.

“So impactful – the most powerful part of the training”

“Wow – the presentation was so encouraging, we (two teen girls) now know that we went to Vegas we were approached by a trafficker, I am so thankful we are safe”- Two high school girls

“I have a young woman just like this in labor and delivery  but none of the medical professionals caring for her knew the signs of trafficking- I now see it so clearly”- Nurse

“I have seen this girl (a victim of trafficking) so many times in the E.R. I just never knew what to look for, now I do”. – A pediatric nurse

“I am thankful for you coming and sharing with us today, now I know someone has lived through something like me.” A female youth