Contrary to common belief, child sex trafficking is not an issue reserved for faraway places and “third world” countries. Thousands of children are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every day. We know that, like us, you are concerned with ending trafficking. The issue is complex, but Shared Hope’s research has shown that change begins when we as citizens advocate for laws that effectively address child sex trafficking. Engaged citizens are essential as Shared Hope supports legislators in drafting and passing laws that both protect victims of juvenile sex trafficking and hold offenders accountable.
We invite you to make a difference by joining our Stop the inJuSTice campaign. We are committed to seeing at least 6 states enact laws in 6 months that address these vital issues and current gaps. But we need you! By sharing Stop the inJuSTice Campaign materials on social media, tweeting at or calling your elected officials, or becoming an Ambassador of Hope, you can be the crucial link that aids in the eradication of child sex trafficking in the US. Together we can ensure that our tomorrow does not include a market that exists for the purpose of abusing children. Check out our social media tools below and start advocating today!
Past Campaigns and Legislative Successes
Senate Bill 1322 prevents juvenile sex trafficking victims from being criminalized for their own victimization!
Success! This year Hawaii enacted its first law criminalizing sex trafficking! House Bill 1902 is a key step forward!
House Bill 1628 holds buyers accountable and ensures that all commercially sexually exploited children are identified as juvenile sex trafficking victims!
House Bill 1224 promotes identification of juvenile sex trafficking victims as victims of abuse and provides access to needed services!
Connecticut’s House Bill 5621 has been enacted! This bill prevents commercially sexually exploited children from being prosecuted for prostitution and blamed for their own victimization.
Kids Are Not For Sale in Virginia Coalition
House Bill 545 prevents juvenile sex trafficking victims from being criminalized for their own victimization and promotes access to needed services, has been signed into law! Click the link to thank Governor Scott!
House Bill 2425 increases protections for older minors and holds all buyers who purchase sex with minors accountable!
Senate Bill 133 and House Bill 681 provide juvenile sex trafficking victims with an important civil remedy! Thank you Virginia!