This statistic actually didn’t surprise me, because we already know that traffickers, like pedophiles, prey on vulnerable kids. Who is more vulnerable than kids who’ve already been sexually abused?
Most disturbing, we found that boys who had experienced childhood sexual abuse were 8.2 times more likely to be exploited in human trafficking than boys without a history of sexual abuse. Similarly, sexually abused girls were 2.5 times more likely to be exploited in human trafficking than similar girls who did not report childhood sexual abuse.
This is why it’s so important to get to kids and young adults early. Instead of getting help and on the road toward healing, they are simply easier targets for people like this.