Gary Haugen

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Since the bulk of the worst child sex trafficking occurs in other countries, American citizens may feel like we're powerless to affect change. However, Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission says, "We're making a start at that, especially in terms of making sure that those countries that aren't even meeting minimum standards at fighting the problem have consequences for their relationship with the United States. What we do need here in the United States is greater resources so that law enforcement can do the work that it needs to do, and where sex trafficking is made a priority—[make it] a high priority."

How can Americans make this problem stop? "Speak out in our community. Support law enforcement in making this a priority. And let's support those local social services, those shelters, those places of safety for immigrants, for girls, and make sure there's a safe place for these victims."

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