For Immediate Release
January 15, 2013
Sandra Matheson, Director
Attorney General's Office of Victim/Witness Assistance
In honor of National Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and in commemoration of the 150 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and all that it symbolizes, Attorney General Michael Delaney will hold a press conference on January 17th at the Attorney General's Office to announce the formation of the New Hampshire Commission to Combat Human Trafficking focused on confronting human trafficking and modern day slavery in New Hampshire.
While much attention is paid to human trafficking in other countries, it is perhaps less widely understood that human trafficking of children is occurring in the United States at an alarming rate. The United States Department of Justice estimates that 200,000 American children are potentially trafficked each year into the sex trade. The United States Department of State "Trafficking in Persons Report 2010" found that the majority of domestic victims enslaved in the sex industry are runaway and homeless youth.
Nationally, 450,000 children run away from home each year. One of every three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. This means at least 150,000 children are lured into prostitution each year. The average age of children victimized by pornography and prostitution in the United States is 12 years old.
Attorney General Michael Delaney is pleased to announce the formation of the New Hampshire Commission to Combat Human Trafficking, to build a network of New Hampshire agencies and organizations to work collaboratively against human trafficking in our state, including state, federal and local agencies, social service providers, law enforcement, attorneys, victim advocates and others.
According to Attorney General Delaney, "The Commission to Combat Human Trafficking hopes to continue to fight human trafficking in New Hampshire by identifying victims of human trafficking and creating pathways to connect them to services, by developing protocols on the handling of these cases, by providing multidisciplinary trainings throughout the state and by strengthening our state law."
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