Date: October 24, 2016
Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here.
Healthy Teen Network supports the development and delivery of resources and services for youth who are victims and survivors of human trafficking. Healthy Teen Network calls upon all organizations that interact with youth, including hospitals, health centers, law enforcement agencies, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice authorities, youth-supporting organizations, and schools to screen youth to assess their risk of being trafficked and trafficking experience. According to federal law, anyone under the age of 18 found engaged in prostitution and/or acts derived from commercial sexual exploitation is a victim of human trafficking. Thus, Healthy Teen Network supports the repeal of state and local laws that punish children and youth for engagement in such acts, as they are a result of criminal activity inflicted upon them.