Child Trafficking

- April 16, 2021
Can the world reduce a growing scourge?
Photo of child trafficking victims in Côte d'Ivoire on March 25, 2021. (AFP/Getty Images/Sia Kambou)
The worldwide trafficking of children for commercial sex and forced labor is rising rapidly, despite more than a century of laws, treaties and protocols banning the practice. Some 10 million children are trafficked each year, the majority of them girls forced into the underground sex trade. Poverty, natural disasters and now the COVID-19 pandemic have left destitute families and their children vulnerable to traffickers.

Why do you think child trafficking is still proliferating, despite a century of efforts to ban it through laws and treaties?

What do you think would best solve the problem of child trafficking?

1900s–1950sInternational organizations and treaties outlaw slavery and trafficking.
1990s–2000sThe Soviet collapse spurs an increase in human trafficking, leading to a global response.
2010–PresentDespite multiple efforts to curb human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children, the number of victims keeps rising, aided by the internet.

Does the U.S. law against child sex trafficking online endanger its victims?


Robert Winterton
Director of Public Affairs, NetChoice.


Yiota Souras
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.


Immigration Overhaul

Would a border crisis derail efforts to make U.S. policy more welcoming?

Evictions and COVID-19

Will government intervention prevent a housing crisis?

Targeted Killings

Is taking out terrorists beyond the battlefield a legitimate tactic?


International Aid - 4/23/2021
Should U.S. funding increase?

The GOP's Future - 4/30/2021
Will it continue to be Trump's party?

Reports are published online 44 times a year. Click here to see the 2021 publication schedule.

What else might you like to see from CQ Researcher? Suggest a Topic

Tweets by our Editor

Follow the Editor in Chief, Ken Fireman, on Twitter

SAGE on Twitter


Read the latest updates to our most popular topics
  • Photo of anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights activists confronting one another during a demonstration outside the Supreme Court on March 4.
    AbortionIs Roe v. Wade in danger of being overturned?
  • Photo of flames and smoke rising from a wildfire in Cherry Valley, Calif., during an excessive heat warning in August.
    Climate ChangeWill Biden succeed in imposing controls?
  • Sign and campus of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., closed permanently in May because of financial troubles.
    College DebtWill COVID-19 send borrowers’ default rates soaring?
  • Boogaloo Bois walk next to Black Lives Matter protesters
    Gun ControlHas national turmoil blunted the momentum for new laws?
  • Photo of people lining up outside a food pantry in New York City in November.
    Health Care PolicyCan the Affordable Care Act be reformed?
  • Protesters hold a vigil outside an immigrant detention center.
    Immigration PolicyWill the pandemic reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S.?
  • Photo of Joseph Fons, a supporter of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision banning job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, in June.
    LGBTQ RightsWill a Supreme Court decision prevent a rollback?
  • Photo of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, business person Jonathan C. Brown explaining how to vote for Mississippi’s Initiative 65.
    Marijuana LegalizationWill the industry continue to grow?
  • Supporters of U.S. Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillén protesting, calling on Congress to pass the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill.
    Sexual HarassmentHave workplaces become less tolerant of inappropriate behavior?
  • Mourners leave candles in memory of four people killed and 14 wounded during a Nov. 3 shooting spree in Vienna, Austria.
    TerrorismAre domestic anti-government groups the biggest threat to America?