Human Trafficking of Children
The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Education report trafficking victims can be adults and youth of all genders, U.S. citizens, or foreign nationals. Human trafficking can involve school-age youth, particularly those made vulnerable by unstable family situations, or who have little or no social support. The children at risk are not just high school students – studies show that the average age a child is trafficked into the commercial sex trade is between 11 and 14 years old.
Kent Intermediate School District is dedicated to supporting local school district offices, parents, and community-based agencies in issues related to human trafficking of children. This support includes staff development, student prevention education for middle and high school youth, technical assistance, and collaboration with community partners for effective and appropriate human trafficking school safety protocols.
Dating and Sexual Violence Service Providers
- National DV Crisis Intervention, Information, and Referral
- 1-(800)799-SAFE (7233) – available Chat and Text “START” (24/7)
- Safe Haven Ministries
- 1-(616) 452-6664
- Children’s Assessment Center