We are an organization and movement in Las Vegas, Nevada forged from the common efforts of several key individuals, joined together in the fight to end human trafficking. We aim to do this by significantly reducing the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Southern Nevada and, ultimately, the United States.
Kids Not For Sale is the initiative of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking to establish Southern Nevada as a Trafficking Free Zone. Co-Founded by President & CEO, Kevin Malone, the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT) finds new and innovative ways to combat the demand for purchased sex from minors, raise awareness to this nationwide epidemic, and provide safe environments for victims.
Since 2016, the USIAHT has been nationally recognized to be the premier not-for-profit organization committed to ending human trafficking in the United States. With offices strategically located in Tampa, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Austin, the USIAHT is aggressively focused on ending this massive problem happening right here in America by fighting the demand for purchased sex from minors.
Much of Southern Nevada’s economy stems from the lure of overt sexual stimulation, particularly in places like “Sin City,” Las Vegas.
The economical “demand” for purchased sex is fostered by the culture of indulgence and anonymity that Nevada incites.
Such a culture of anonymity has spawned legislative, educational, and community apathy, which has made it possible for traffickers to groom and exploit minors to sell for sex.
This perpetual child exploitation “hub” is infiltrating through to the rest of the United States, continuing to destroy the lives of children, men, and women
Finally, we believe and hope there can be real
transformation that can happen both in Southern Nevada and throughout the United States. However, even though we are enraged at what is happening with our boys and girls, it is HOPE that drives us to progress and demand that change happen.
Las Vegas is ranked in the top 13 high-intensity child prostitution areas of the U.S.
If a child is caught soliciting sex, Nevada’s default response is to persecute rather than help
88% of runaways who traffickers groom and sell for sex are involved with the foster care system
The ripple effect of creating a strong opposition in Southern Nevada can send a firm message across the United States that kids are NOT for sale.
Establishing a model in Nevada that protects minors, empowers community leaders, strengthens legislative action, and reduces the opportunities for sex traffickers to do business, will aim to set the stage for nationwide accountability.