Differences Between Child Abuse and Child Sex Trafficking

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Differences Between Child Abuse and Child Trafficking (pdf)

Child Abuse

  • Child typically feels powerless
  • Child is not normally the seducer
  • Often appears withdrawn & quiet, though may be loud, aggressive & have self-destructive behavior (eg drugs)
  • Inside system (often still in school, clubs etc.
  • Usually kept secret from friends and peers
  • Apart from abuser, people around say it is a bad thing
  • Wider community is sympathetic and supportive 

Child Sex Trafficking

  • Child may feel powerful
  • Child may act as the seducer
  • Often expresses emotions, although not feelings about CSE
  • Outside system (often not in school)
  • Usually not secret from friends and peers
  • People in the social circle of child may say it is a good thing
  • Wider community views behavior in a negative way

EPCAT, 2005