Target: Transportation Security Administration
Goal: Require documentation and identification for children boarding planes
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) currently has no requirements for children boarding planes, despite the large number of children trafficked each year in the United States. This lack of an identification process makes trafficking children extremely easy. Demand that the government implement documentation and identification requirements to help prevent child trafficking.
In the United States alone, roughly 100,000 children are involved in sex trafficking each year. A Trafficking in Persons Report from the U.S. Department of State estimates that of the 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked across the globe annually, 50% are children. This means a quarter to a third of global child trafficking is occurring in the United States; such a high percentage is unacceptable and must be addressed.
The lack of child safety laws in place make the United States an ideal place for traffickers to conduct both domestic and international transportation of children. While some airlines have implemented policies for younger children, most have nothing in place because the TSA has not required any measures to ensure child safety while travelling. Such inaction in the face of the severity of child trafficking in the United States is a travesty.
A passport alone is not helpful; once it has been issued, there is no way to track its use and it cannot be revoked. This means it is in no way helpful in preventing trafficking; additionally, they in no way help prevent the large amount of child buying, selling, and transporting taking place within the country. Because of this children are suffering extreme sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
While the government has started to train employees to look for human trafficking signs, further prevention methods must be implemented. As a multi-billion dollar industry, child trafficking needs stronger prevention methods to stop the exploitation of children.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge the TSA to require documentation and identification for children travelling by plane. Such a serious problem can no longer be ignored by both citizens and members of the government.
Dear members of the Transporting Security Administration,
The lack of requirements for children to board planes makes child trafficking in the United States extremely easy. This can be seen by the high number of children transported within the U.S. each year. Documentation and identification requirements for children boarding planes must be implemented to help prevent child trafficking.
In the U.S. alone, each year approximately 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking. According to a Trafficking in Persons Report from the U.S. Department of State, 50% of the 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked across the globe annually are children. That means a quarter to a third of child trafficking in the world as a whole is occurring in the United States, a percentage so high it is downright shocking.
The lack of laws in place to prevent child trafficking make the U.S. an ideal place for both domestic and international transportation of children. These children then suffer sexual, physical, and emotional abuse across the country. While the government has begun taking steps toward prevention by training employees to look for human trafficking signs, better regulations must be implemented.
Please take action to require documentation and identification for children travelling by plane. Your organization can no longer ignore such a serious problem.
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