Sex Trafficking is using force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. They deceive, manipulate and beat them. They become complete slaves, as a piece of property. Consumed with fear and hopelessness, they stay.
Where is this happening?
Everywhere. Every state in the US and every other country.
The internet is being used as a tool to sell persons for sex. There are very descriptive ads that offer services with their slaves. This problem is wide-spread, and the ease of use and secrecy of the internet furthers the hidden nature of this crime.
Most women in prostitution were trafficked into the life as children or teenagers.
Approximately 66-90% of adult sex workers were victims of child trafficking and sex abuse.
The organized crime (mob), pimps circuit and gangs still exist. They are finding sex slaves much more profitable than drugs. They can resell the same girl over and over, and a drug product is sold once.
Sexual oriented businesses that often lead to or involve use of sex trafficked women and girls: Pornography studios, Strip clubs, Live sex shows, Peep shows, Internet and/or virtual prostitution, Escort/ outcall services, Truck Stops, Sex tour operators, Brothels (often behind: massage parlors, bars, clubs, beauty salons & restaurants), and Pimp level prostitution.
UNITED STATES of AMERICA
- Estimate Over 300,000 Americans have been coerced/ forced into commercial sex trade.
- Average age of a child first used in prostitution is 11-14
- 70% of runaways lead to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
- 2,515 suspected cases of human trafficking were opened for investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2008-June 2010.
- 82% of these suspected cases were sex trafficking.
- 27 confirmed victims were identified in U.S. Federal human trafficking cases (US DOJ, 2008-2010).
- 81% of trafficking victims in confirmed U.S. Federal cases were sex trafficking victims (US DOJ, 2008-2010).
- 68% of confirmed human trafficking victims in U.S. Federal cases were U.S. citizens or legal residents.
- 77% of sex trafficking victims were U.S. citizens or legal residents (US DOJ, 2008-2010).
- 91% of confirmed human trafficking victims in U.S. Federal cases were women (US DOJ, 2008-2010).
- 79% of confirmed human trafficking victims in U.S. Federal cases were under age 25 (US DOJ, 2008-2010).
UNICEF reports there are over 1,000,000 children entering the sex trade every year.
It is over a 35 Billion-dollar industry
It is the second largest illegal crime in the world, behind drugs
Every 2 minutes a child is exploited in the sex industry
Human trafficking is a crime under US and international law and many state laws.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 is the main US law on trafficking. It has been reauthorized in 2003, 2005, and 2008. Though these laws are one of the least utilized; very few convictions so far.