U.S. receives an average of 14,500 to 17,500 international people for the purpose of sex trafficking annually.
This is our America.
Sex trafficking is
A Commercial Sex Act is
Is Sex Trafficking a Big Issue?
- The National Center for Missing and Expoited Children responded to over17,000 reports regarding possible child sex trafficking in 2020.
- The Urban Institute estimates the underground sex economy to be ranged from 39.9 million to 290 million.
- The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old.
- The CNN Freedom Project estimate Human trafficking to be the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). Reportedly it generates 32 billion every year of which 15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries
What Does it look like?
The three primary manifestations of sex trafficking in America are:
- Intimate partner
- survival sex
Sexually exploited individuals are often controlled by a pimp who recruits them into sex trafficking by posing as a boyfriend, caretaker, and protector.
Any person induced to perform a commercial sex act and has not attained 18 years of age is deemed a victim of sex trafficking.
Most prostitution involves pimps, 85% of all prostitution is pimp-dominated
Where Does it Happen?
Pimp-controlled street/indoor prostitution
Commercial- front massage businesses
Closed residential brothels
Victims are advertised on internet sites, then placed in hotels/motels where customers use them.
Commercial front business, agricultural operations
In PA many truck stops are known for playing host to sex trafficking
Why don’t more people know?
Victims go unnoticed by society by being hidden behind the acceptable sex industry
People assume victims are being transported from place to place but in reality many victims are pimp controlled.