In the USA

the average teen that enters sex trafficking
is 11 to 14 years old.

Sex Trafficking reports a profit of
$150 billion every year

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

Sex trafficking is when a commercial sex 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.

A Commercial Sex Act is

A Commercial Sex Act is any sexual act in exchange for an item of value, including money, food, drugs and shelter.

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:

  1. Intimate partner
  2. Familial 
  3. 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

Strip clubs

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?

Sex trafficking victims get misidentified as prostitutes not victims

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.