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Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.


Did You Know:

  • Sex trafficking in the USA is a $3 billion dollar a year business involving over 100,000 American children and countless thousands of adults.
  • In the U.S., Human trafficking is a 9.8 billion dollar industry (sex and labor trafficking)
  • 4.5 million people worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation.
  • 1 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 10 boys will be sexually victimized  by the time they reach adulthood.

Other Facts:

  • The victims of sex trafficking are men, women, children, homeless, underage runaways, and those physically/sexually abused.
  • Over 1.68 million American children run away each year.
  •  Young girls are trafficked through places like strip clubs, hotel rooms, escort services, and the internet via Backpage.com and Craigslist.
  •  Methods of coercion used on victims are physical & psychological violence, kidnapping, threats, manipulation, false promises, debt bondage, and blackmail.
  • Warning signs of victims of trafficking are significantly older boyfriend/girlfriend, traveling with older adults that are not guardians, homelessness, substance abuse, multiple delinquent charges, special marked tattoos, chronic runaway, and signs of trauma.

 Recommended Sites:

Shared Hope International

Polaris Project

 I Am Treasured

Sources: Shared Hope International, International Labour Organization