ACS aims to derail child sex trafficking
The Administration for Children's Services is pushing to educate youths in New York City about child sex trafficking with a comic book campaign.
The ACS, JCCA and ECPAT-USA jointly announced the comic book campaign in downtown Manhattan Wednesday. The groups say the average age of children who are forced into sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old.
Cause Vision has created a "Where's Dylan" comic book to illustrate how traffickers target children. The comic tells the story of its title character, Dylan, and aims to show children both the horrors and warning signs of human trafficking to protect themselves and to encourage them to ask for help.
The new push comes shortly after the Bronx District Attorney's Office and the NYPD have separately sought to raise awareness of human trafficking -- particularly when young girls are being targeted in the borough.
The comic book will be distributed to 15,000 families and children in the city over the next few weeks, officials say.