Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic change in the way society recognizes and views domestic human trafficking. Much like the change that took place with respect to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as a nation, we are developing a genuine understanding of human trafficking, and the phenomenon of the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Once this recognition has been made -- that domestic children are not “prostitutes” rather, they are victims of crime who have been forced to commit unspeakable acts against their will -- the status quo is no longer acceptable and change must take place.
The President of the United States and the U.S. Department of Justice are now involved in the fight against modern day slavery. It is in this context that we find ourselves with a unique opportunity to educate policy makers who are anxious to make change but who are also not clear as to what that change may look like.
H.E.A.T. Watch Response
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