- Physical Abuse
- Abusive Head Trauma
- Distinguishing Abuse from Accident
- Sexual Abuse
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Emotional Abuse
- Neglect of a Child
In recent years, the topic of human trafficking and sex trafficking has been more widely discussed. Human trafficking involves recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining, by any means, a person under 18 years of age knowing that the person, with or without force, fraud, threat or coercion, will be used to engage in forced labor, involuntary servitude or sexual gratification of the defendant or another (K.S.A. 21-5426). Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Commercial sexual exploitation of children occurs when individuals buy, trade or sell sexual acts with a child.
Human trafficking is a growing concern. In fact, human trafficking generates $32 billion in profits annually, competing with illegal arms trade for second place behind drug trafficking (according to the U.S. Department of State). Human trafficking cases in Sedgwick County nearly tripled over the course of one year from 2012 to 2013. In April 2013, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill into law to strengthen the State’s human trafficking statues, with an emphasis on protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation.
The new law:
If you suspect someone is a victim of sexual abuse or human trafficking, sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of a child, call 911 immediately.
Source: Kansas Department for Children and Families, ICT SOS and childwelfare.gov.