Definitions Matter

Incomplete definitions of sex trafficking harm victims and undermine the fight against sex trafficking.  Shared Hope’s research and ongoing legislative technical assistance work to address laws that narrow the definition of a child sex trafficking victim. The following tools will help legislators working to ensure that every victim of juvenile sex trafficking is appropriately identified under the law and provided a protective, not punitive response.

To learn how your state defines juvenile sex trafficking, check out the resources below and contact Shared Hope to get a customized toolkit with state-specific resources.


Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through our three-pronged approach – prevent, restore, and bring justice. We provide comprehensive research, expert testimony, coalition support, and advocacy initiatives to strengthen trafficking laws and build better policies to protect victims and prosecute traffickers, buyers, and facilitators.