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Child Human Trafficking Victims Are Not Treated Equally By CPS

For child protective services to become involved with the case, the perpetrator of sexual abuse needs to be responsible for the care and have legal custody of the child.

Yes, you heard me correctly, CPS only investigates and/or intervenes, if the parents, legal guardians are in possession of the child. Which means, if you Report the sexual exploitation of a child trafficking victim, CPS does not and will NOT respond, investigate or react in any way if the pimp/perpetrator selling the child for sex is not the legal guardian.

Child sexual abuse is an umbrella term for children or youth who are domestic or international victims of commercial sexual exploitation, child prostitution, or sexual abuse done by a single perpetrator who was a family member, familiar adult, or stranger. However, due to eligibility restrictions not all of these forms of sexual abuse fall under the jurisdiction of the public child welfare system. Once again,

For child protective services to become involved with the case, the perpetrator of sexual abuse needs to be responsible for the care and have legal custody of the child.

To make things worse, CPS receives federal funding to provide services and resources to child Human Trafficking Victims and determines who is eligible to receive victims services. We have a shortage in resources and services available to victims of Human Trafficking, not a shortage in funding. CPS is just failing to provide the services our federal government pays them for.

ACYF published the Child Maltreatment Report. Findings from this report suggest that children who were alleged to have experienced multiple forms of abuse (combination of neglect, sexual and physical abuse) were four times more likely to be considered a victim of abuse than children who were alleged to have experienced physical abuse. Similarly, children who experienced sexual abuse were twice as likely to be considered a victim of abuse as children who experienced physical abuse. The likelihood of being considered a victim declined the older the child was at the time of the crime (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

The federal government directs money to the state and local communities through several funding sources. While the federal government provides most of the funding for preventative and post-investigative services, state and local governments determine who will receive the resources. Nationally, only 60% of child victims received post-investigative services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Children who were victims of multiple forms of maltreatment and neglect were more likely to receive treatment than children who were physically abused. Similarly, children who were sexually abused were less likely to receive services. Moreover, younger children and children abused
by at least one parent were more likely to receive services than older children and children abused by someone other than a parent.

"Child Protection Services" is a very misleading title considering for a organization that doesn’t see all children are equally worthy of services. They do not provide Protection and services to all children.

The definition of Discrimination: "the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex."

By refusing to protect or provide services to children who fall under "trafficking victim" or "no parent" is a form of descrimination. CPS is descriminating against an entire population of abused and sexual exploitation child. EVERY CHILD IS WORTHY OF PROTECTION.

Article posted by Amber Cammack With Houston’s voice For The Missing.

#HopeForTheMissing #Missing #CPS #FosterKids #taken #HumanTrafficking.

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