Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Polaris Project is launching a new petition to help protect and support young victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
When minors are involved in commercial sex, they are kids, not criminals. When a boy is sold for sex by a family member, he needs services, not a prison sentence. When a girl is trapped by a pimp who sells her for sex online, she needs protection, not prosecution. Yet, all too often, these children are still arrested and treated like criminals.
Polaris Project is fighting to pass Safe Harbor laws in 2013 to protect these vulnerable kids. These laws define child victims of sexual exploitation as kids, not criminals, and provide funding for the services they so desperately need.
Please ask your friends who don’t know about Safe Harbor laws to sign, too.