It’s no secret that coronavirus has imposed significant impacts on the nation and on human society. Some of these impacts are more apparent than others; however, just because something is less in-your-face doesn’t necessarily make it less of a threat.
Right now, human trafficking remains a very real issue. The human trafficking trade is a multi-billion dollar industry and there are so many groups and individuals working to bring an end to this evil once and for all.
Studies and findings have unfortunately confirmed that child exploitation surged amid coronavirus. This is why the Trump administration is now involved in a protection pledge with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to Fox News.
The Trump Administration vs. Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation
Believe it or not, issues like online predation and sex trafficking are climbing as the nation battles with COVID-19. As such, the White House is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to push back against child exploitation which is often a prerequisite to child trafficking.
.@GovKemp thanked Attorney General Barr and @IvankaTrump for their support of Georgia's fight to end human trafficking.
"We have had tremendous support from the Trump Administration." pic.twitter.com/eoZ8fRF7xe
— The White House 45 Archived (@WhiteHouse45) September 22, 2020
First daughter Ivanka Trump, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf are involved in the initiative with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In this initiative, the White House will work with the organization to inform parents, caregivers, and teachers about risks, both online and offline, that can lead to the exploitation of young people.
A Joint Mission Statement
Finally, in a joint statement, both the Trump administration and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shared some very important information.
The two bodies informed that increased online time for children puts them more at risk of coming across predators. Therefore, the work to keep children safe is more imperative than ever, especially as remote learning is increasing across the country.
POWERFUL! @TimTebow talks about his personal passion about fighting the evil of human trafficking at an event with @IvankaTrump and Attorney General Barr.
If you do anything today, take a listen. pic.twitter.com/XvjmX52HyF
— Carolina Hurley 45 Archived (@CLH45) September 21, 2020
Reports have indicated that instances of child exploitation surged by as much as 126% since the start of COVID-19. With all that’s happening in the world, it can be easy to forget about the vulnerable positions that so many children are in. This is why the White House is doing its current work.
Did you know that child exploitation instances have jumped since COVID-19? Do you think the Trump administration’s work to combat this will ultimately render success? Let us know in the comments section below!