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Prosecuting the Trafficker's of Despair

Protecting Our Children

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission. I appreciate the opportunity to speak before you today about the FBI's efforts to address the exploitation of children and others in the United States.

According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, a child is defined as any male or female under the age of 18, and with that, they have detailed there are approximately 300,000 youth currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial and sexual exploitation. Other organizations have estimated this number is as high as 800,000.

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