Two children are forced into slavery every minute.
The United States Government broadly defines trafficking in persons as all conduct involved in reducing a person to or maintaining a person in a state of compelled service for sex or labor. Recent estimates suggest there are as many as 27 million men, women, and children worldwide who are victimized by this crime. A recent FBI law enforcement bulletin says Child Sex Trafficking is a “problem of epidemic proportion” that threatens 150,000 American children. The report said victims are often forced to travel far from home and their lives revolve around “violence, forced drug use and constant threats.”
Domestic sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. It is the exploitation of an American citizen, forced into a sexual act by the means of force, fraud, or coercion.
Sex trafficking victims face physical risks, such as drug and alcohol addiction, contracting STDs, sterility, miscarriages, forced abortions, vaginal and anal trauma, among others. Psychological effects include developing clinical depression, personality and dissociative disorders, suicidal tendencies, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to “condition” their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families’ friends.
The average age of entry into prostitution in the US is 12 to 14 years old.
90% of all children sex trafficked in our country are US citizens.
Each sexually exploited child may be forced to serve 10 to 15 clients per day.
Sex Trafficking is now the second largest criminal activity in the world just behind the drug trade.
“When they hear the term “child trafficking,” most Americans think that it only happens somewhere else, in Southeast Asia or Central America. Even if they acknowledge that this crime happens in the United States, they assume the victims are foreign children brought into this country who are trafficked only in large cities. In fact, we have learned that most of the victims of domestic minor sex trafficking are American kids who initially leave home voluntarily and are being trafficked on Main Street USA. One police commander said to me, “the only way not to find this problem in any community is simply not to look for it.” The good news is that America has begun to look. The bad news is that we have barely scratched the surface.” — Ernie Allen, President and CEO,National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Types of Sex Trafficking
Victims of trafficking are forced into various forms of commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, and sex tourism.
Victims trafficked into prostitution and pornography are usually involved in the most exploitive forms of commercial sex operations. Sex trafficking operations can be found in highly-visible venues such as street prostitution, as well as more underground systems such as closed-brothels that operate out of residential homes. Sex trafficking also takes place in a variety of public and private locations such as massage parlors, spas, strip clubs and other fronts for prostitution. Victims may start off dancing or stripping in clubs and then be coerced into situations of prostitution and pornography.
- Bruises or other signs of battering
- Lack of knowledge of their community or whereabouts
- Not in control of own identification documents (ID/passport)
- Restricted or controlled communication–not allowed to speak for self
- Demeanor: fear, anxiety, depression, submissive, tense, nervous
- Are you free to leave? Come and go as you please?
- Are you being watched or followed?
- Are you physically or sexually abused? Are you or your family threatened? What is the nature of the threats?
- Are you being paid?
To help prevent trafficking and provide a resource for local authorities, the National Human Trafficking Hotline offers a nationwide, 24-hour, toll-free telephone number 1-888-3737-888.
You can help to end Child Sex Trafficking
Memorize this number: 888-3737-888. If you see underage girls and/or boys prostituting, do not turn away in disgust. Make the call to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.* (Adults under pimp control are also victims of Sex Trafficking. Please call the hotline to report the activity.*)
Pray for the victims. Pray that pimps and buyers will have a change of heart. Pray for Law Enforcement and our elected officials. Invite Pastor George to speak at your Church.
Ask your elected officials what they are doing to prevent Trafficking. Ask them to create laws enabling the prosecution of traffickers and buyers. Ask your local Police officials how they handle a situation involving an exploited minor. There is no such thing as a “child prostitute” — exploited children are victims.
Bring awareness to the epidemic of Child Sexual Trafficking to friends, coworkers, etc. Use social networks to repost and retweet information.
Help In Your Light Ministries put and end to the sexual exploitation of children from prostitution, pornography, etc. Help us to continue to provide and/or find counseling to the survivors of sex trafficking and other forms of abuse. Help us to continue our awareness campaign.
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*Please do not approach traffickers. Call the hotline, and they will call the FBI and local police to deal with them and rescue the victims. Approaching traffickers is not only dangerous for you and their victims but could lead to problems in the eventual prosecution of traffickers.