An estimated 300,000 American children are lured into the sex trade each year. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that the average prostitute begins working at 12-14 years old. It’s happening every day, every neighborhood, every socioeconomic status. Traffickers and pedophiles lure young boys and girls who seem vulnerable. They often target runaways and children looking for affection. Because of that vulnerability, the children believe they can’t leave. But you can make a difference. Empower your children at home and teach them what to look out for. Learn the signs of human trafficking at traffickingresourcecenter.org and call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 3737888 if you notice those signs.