A newly released Appleseed policy brief, “Child Welfare and Sex Trafficking in Nebraska,” outlines the issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (“CSEC”) and the risk factors that make children in foster care more vulnerable to the coercion of traffickers.
Human trafficking is a growing worldwide crime that exists even in our Nebraska communities.
The goal of this guide is to educate child welfare attorneys on the legal and non-legal needs of victims of CSEC. It will also provide a framework of laws addressing sex trafficking and a discussion of children who are most at risk of being trafficked.
One study estimated that as many as 85 percent of trafficking victims had prior experience in the child welfare system. Traffickers have even been known to target victims straight from group homes. Because of these increased dangers faced by children who are in foster care or who have run away, attorneys can utilize tools in this guide to address the connection between foster care and sex trafficking.
We hope that with a better understanding of CSEC and the resources available in Nebraska, child welfare attorneys can begin to take steps to prevent the trafficking of minors and to defend the rights of those who have been trafficked.