Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex. Many judges and juvenile justice advocates believe that providing benefits and programs to young victims could be the most effective way to assist them. However, most states still treat child sex-trafficking victims as criminals.
Learn more about these services as effective alternatives to punishment from Sacramento Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie and Yasmin Vafa, executive director of Rights4Girls, a Washington, D.C.-based group.
Sebastien Malo reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.