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Shocking study reveals 77 percent increase in juvenile sex trafficking cases in Louisiana

March 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Shocking study reveals 77 percent increase in juvenile sex trafficking cases in Louisiana

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A recent study from the State of Louisiana reveals a shocking 77% increase in juvenile sex trafficking including cases involving minors under 13-years-old, which rose by an astounding 260% over the past year.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services published a report on February 28th with alarming numbers about the rise of human trafficking in that state — mainly relating to the sex trafficking of minors. The report revealed a 77% increase in juvenile human trafficking victims compared to the year. Human trafficking of adults and minors together grew by 52%. The victims were between two-years-old to 65.

According to Fox8, there were 356 human trafficking cases involving juveniles in 2017, compared to only 201 the year prior. Of the 356 cases, 72 were 12 and younger — an increase of 260% compared to the previous year’s report.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards responded to the report and said, “Victims of trafficking are frequently members of vulnerable populations, including domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, homeless or runaway youth, and even children. It is modern-day slavery, it is happening here in our state, and it is our responsibility to put an end to it. We must band together to bring every resource to bear against this cruel and dangerous epidemic.”

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The numbers could be considerably higher as only 24 out of 60 human trafficking victim organizations provide their data to the state. Seven agencies presented initial reports this year which could account for some of the increase. One of the most well-known, agencies, HP Serve, could not provide data for 2016 because of flooding but did give statistics for 2017.

The State’s agency responsible for following human trafficking numbers said the some of the service organizations declined to submit data, citing confidentiality laws. Other groups just stated they were not required to provide the data.

“We know trafficking has been happening for a long time. We’re glad to get more data and information, thanks to service providers, to underscore the need and enable communities to respond. What this shows us is that no community is immune, and our children are among those most at risk,” DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters indicated in a statement.

The State has been collecting human trafficking information since 2015 when the state’s lawmakers passed a law requiring the reporting.

Officials revealed that 94% of the 641 trafficking victims in 2017 were in the sex trafficking market. Nine others were trafficked for forced labor, and 28 were both sex and labor victims.

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