Child Sex Trafficking - Protect

All children are at risk of sexual exploitation. Children are inherently vulnerable, and traffickers prey upon vulnerability.

While certain risk factors are common among victims of child sex trafficking — such as trauma caused by prior victimization, abuse or neglect, homelessness, frequent running away incidents, juvenile justice involvement, gang involvement, drug or alcohol addiction — all children are at risk.  

Traffickers use the internet to lure, groom and victimize children while buyers attempt to use technology to anonymously find and purchase sex. Traffickers and buyers can often be the very people our children are taught to trust: friends, boyfriends, family members, coaches and church leaders.

CSTT Engages in Strategies to Protect Children

  • Providing research-based, age-appropriate prevention education to youth;
  • Supporting targeted interventions to reduce the vulnerability of high-risk youth;
  • Equipping adults with the knowledge and skills to recognize risks and respond effectively;
  • Disrupting the market for victims by deterring potential buyers and decreasing demand.

How You Can Help

Resources

Programs Supported by Grants from the Office of the Governor

  • Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs: The #girlstrong! program provides human trafficking prevention and awareness in communities statewide reaching over 1,000 at-risk girls, ages 8-18. The program provides multiple protective factors that defend girls from vulnerability to involvement in trafficking: they improve girls’ self-esteem and resilience; teach them about safe use of the Internet and social media; and offer daily afterschool guidance and support.
  • Texas CASA: Funding from the Office of the Governor helps provide trauma informed advocacy to children in state custody due to evidence of abuse and neglect, including those youth who are at high risk of sexual exploitation because of the complex trauma they’ve suffered.
  • Love146: Not a #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development.