Think sex trafficking is a foreign issue? Think again. According to national estimates, there are currently 100,000 children in the commercial sex trade in the United States. What’s worse, many child victims of sex trafficking are arrested for prostitution and placed in juvenile detention. How can we criminalize children for committing a sex act they are not even legally able to consent to? The Polaris Project has started a petition via change.org to get the attention of state lawmakers in order to gain sup0port for Safe Harbor laws. These laws define these sexually exploited children as victims of abuse, help them find protection and support, and grant them immunity from prosecution for prostitution while they are under 18 years of age. Safe Harbor laws also can increase funding for specialized services like long-term housing, mental health care, educational support, and job training to help these children recover. Thirty-nine states lack these basic Safe Harbor protections – including Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Louisiana. Every state can do more to increase services for child victims of sex trafficking and you can join the movement by signing the petition.