Experts estimate that 100,000 incidents of sexual exploitation of minors occur each year in the United States. That’s one trafficking crime every three minutes. The District of Columbia is not immune to this horrific problem, which is why the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has established a Human Trafficking Initiative to combat this serious crime.
As part of this initiative, OAG staff members visit local schools to educate youth about trafficking. OAG staff also train community leaders to educate youth. In addition, OAG has a task force that participates in monthly case-review meetings on sex trafficking with other District agencies that serve youth in the juvenile-justice and child-protection systems. The case reviews help ensure that victims receive appropriate services and support.
OAG has created a human trafficking awareness poster specifically targeting District youth at risk of trafficking. The poster describes the crime and raises awareness. It is now displayed in more than 100 District schools and community centers.
Browse the links below to learn about warning signs of trafficking, how you can help potential victims and upcoming educational events.
- Human Trafficking Fact Sheet in Six Languages
- Download OAG's 2020 Sex Trafficking Awareness Poster (English and Spanish)
- Download OAG's 2020 Sex Trafficking PSA that ran in 200 WMATA Metro Buses
- Download OAG's 2019 Human Trafficking Awareness Poster (English and Spanish)
- Download OAG's 2019 Human Trafficking PSA that ran in 200 WMATA Metro Buses
- Download OAG's 2019 Sex Trafficking Awareness Palm Card