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Human Trafficking 

Spotlight on Sex Trafficking 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Millions of women, men, and children around the world are subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude, or the sex trade at the hands of human traffickers. This month serves as a reminder that we need to join together to create safe havens for victims of trafficking, as well as improve victim identification, enhance medical and social services, and increase public awareness about this issue.

Studies show that many survivors of sex trafficking have contact with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system at some point in their lives. Thus, child welfare agencies are well positioned to identify, collect information on, and provide services to minors who have been trafficked or minors at risk of being exploited.
Capacity Building Center for States. (2017, January 24). Spotlight on Sex Trafficking [Listserv message]. For more information, visit

Facts About Sex Trafficking:

  • Federal law (the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Public Law (113–183) requires agencies to identify and serve young people who are being trafficked or at risk of being exploited.
  • Youth who run away from foster care are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking and its dangerous physical and mental health consequences.
  • About 1,100 youth exited care during fiscal year 2013 with “runaway” as the reason for discharge.

Reports and Factsheets


Educational Videos about Human Trafficking

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Anti-Trafficking Organizations in Michigan

​Child Welfare Services
PO Box 30048
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-8036
Fax: (517) 373-8922
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