it hasn't made the news much, but there has been an increase in arrests for child and child sexual abuse since Trump took office.
There is more on this topic from the Free Thought Project [WARNING: Disturbing Content]:
After President Trump held a press conference last month, in which he detailed his plans to go after the victims of the “human trafficking epidemic,” former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney weighed in on the subject, noting that going after child predators will lead to the downfall of both Republicans and Democrats in the United States — as this problem goes all the way to the top. (Read more.)
lots of it goes on here in the Philippines, mainly with street kids who aren't missed, but also kids from isolated villages. On our TV cable channel, almost every month we readn ad from the parents asking for information about another young teenager, usually a girl, who has disappeared.
And then every once in awhile there is a body found. Right now if it is a boy it would be blamed on the drug war, but girls are sometimes found too.
Human trafficking includes adults also, and people forced to work, but also includes those kidnapped and working in sex dens or in cybersex, which has ballooned up recently into a problem.
The term "human trafficking" extends to illegal job recruiting of adults (including young women as nannies) who then find themselves being pushed into prostitution or being abused by the families who hire them (I.e. not being paid, working overtime, no holidays, kept inside, and yes, sometimes as sexual partners for the father or sons in the family).
US State Dept page on human trafficking in the Philippines
During the reporting period, police investigated 329 alleged trafficking cases, a steady increase from the 282 and 155 suspected cases it investigated in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
this is the tip of the iceberg, of course, since most cases are not reported and even fewer are prosecuted.
Duterte recognizes the link between drugs and exploiting children. Rappler article discusses here. about children pushed into selling drugs, and how Duterte wants to lower the age so he can arrest them.
Wikipedia has an article on it..
the trouble in all of this is that people (including teens and kids) do run away from home, and may make up stories so they won't be punished.
On the other hand, there are a lot of kids exploited, kidnapped, and who disappear. Some are killed by fiends. Others end up on the street and die of disease or overdoses. Many street kids in the US make money as prostites.
And in the third world, sexual exploitation of poor kids is alas common.
When I adopted my sons (who were school age) we were warned that most of the girls and some of the boys would have been sexually abused, even toddlers, and that their emotional problem might not show up until they hit puberty.
If you watched the film "Lion", there is a scene where the night staff of the orphanage made money by passing out kids for the night. If you didn't know what was going on, you might have missed it.
And one of the backstories of "homophobia" in Africa and in parts of Asia is because they fear (from experience) that legalizing homosexual activity will open the door to sex tourism and pedophilia of very young boys.