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As we take stock of the highs and lows of 2010, there is one thing we can say with absolute authority: Together we moved the needle to better protect and support child victims of sex trafficking in the United States.
Please help us continue this important work in 2011 here.
Here are 10 major achievements we accomplished in 2010 that we can celebrate:
The successful launch of our national initiative to combat and address sex trafficking of girls and the kick-off of regional initiatives through our members in Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Texas.
A flurry of media reports resulting in a dramatic rise in public awareness and public will to protect children across America from the horrors of sex trafficking. Our national media tracking report found that in 2010, at least 160 total cases were reported in 41 states and the District of Columbia. The average age of the girl victimized is between 14 and 15 years old and 47 of the 160 cases - 30% - involved trafficking via the internet. Of the 160 cases 20% involved Backpage.com.
The international shutdown of Craigslist's "adult services" section, arguably the world's most popular online platform for sex traffickers.
While there is much to applaud, there is even more to do. Help us build on this momentum by making an end-of-year tax-deductible donation today.
We hope you will continue with us and resolve to make 2011 a victory year for addressing and combating the sex trafficking of girls in the U.S.
There are up to 300,000 children across the country depending on our tenacity.
Donate to help us continue and expand our research initiative to inform policy change and increase public awareness.
Through coercion, abuse and imprisonment, as many as 300,000 children in the United States -- particularly girls -- are at risk for being commercially sexually exploited each year in our neighborhoods, through escort services and online. Women's Funding Network, in partnership with participating U.S. based member funds, has adopted a three-year national campaign, A Future. Not A Past., to create a zero-tolerance zone across the U.S. for the commercial sexual exploitation of teen girls through investing in research, changing policy, raising public awareness, curbing demand and increasing funding for systems of care.