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SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE U.S.

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Most children are between the ages of
12 -14 when they enter the commercial sex industry in the U.S. [1]

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Sex Trafficking is not just a Third World problem.

Most Americans consider sex trafficking to be a crime that happens far away from home, but the truth is, sex trafficking has grown to be a tremendous problem right here in our own country. The problem is so pervasive, that an estimated 1.6 million American children have become victims of the sex trade.[2] And while it is difficult to think of all these victims, it is

even more heartbreaking to know that sex traffickers prey on the vulnerable, targeting children like runaways or those who were previously victims of physical or sexual abuse. With sex trafficking growing to be a widespread domestic problem, local and state governments are working diligently to create stricter laws for those caught trafficking, and for Johns - the people that drive the demand for the commercial sex industry.

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Sex trafficking is a booming business.

Sex trafficking is the fastest growing business of organized crime[1] with an estimated revenue of $32 billion annually, or $87 million a day. Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest criminal enterprise, second only to drugs.[2] So how are sex traffickers making so much money? The primary source of income for traffickers comes from the cash quotas that are strictly imposed on their victims that range from $500 - $1,000 per night on average.[3]

If quotas are not met the girls are punished for failing, normally with physical violence and many are forced back into whatever venue of commercial sex they are ensnared in until they meet the said quota. So, how does all of the pain traffickers are inflicting add up monetarily? Well, if a trafficker had four women working 7 days a week, meeting quotas of $500/night they’d make $632,000 in one year, a startling number considering it came from abusing young women and girls. [2, 6, 7]

2.8 Million Children run away each year [8]
90% of Sexually Exploited Children have a history of previous sexual abuse [9]

How Sex Traffickers Find and Keep Their Victims

Most sex traffickers find their workers by specifically targeting women and children in vulnerable positions, or those that have experienced abuse - either sexually or physically.

Traffickers or pimps then use threats, lies, violence, and other forms of manipulation to keep the victim involved in the sex industry. Victims of sex trafficking can be found in a variety of venues like, street prostitution, strip clubs, massage parlors, online escort services, and residential brothels. [10]

How are sex trafficking victims being charged with prostitution?

Most sex trafficking victims get involved in the commercial sex industry at just 12 -14 years of age, yet many eventually get picked up by law enforcement and are charged with prostitution. These victims, at the age that they start being sexually exploited, aren’t even old enough to consent to sex.

This begs the question, should these sex trafficking victims be legally charged for a crime they didn’t consent to? The answer, many would say is no – including advocacy groups for sex trafficking victims. While our legal system tends to treat charges on a case-by-case basis many non-profit groups are working to provide legal counsel to the victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. [11]

This month, CharitySub is doing it's part to to curb sex trafficking in the U.S. The victims of sex trafficking need a voice of advocacy. Through stricter laws, public awareness, and support of victims, we can help diminish this terrible problem together!

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Equality Now

Sex Trafficking Law Reform
Equality Now

Equality Now works with grassroots organizations around the world to curb the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls. By working with legal systems, Equality Now hopes to change how sexual exploitation is criminalized. Their ultimate goal is to pull the blame off of the victims and push it onto the traffickers.

GEMS

Supporting Sexually Exploited Youth
GEMS

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS offers a variety of programming that helps their members restore self-esteem and confidence.

SCTNow

Ending Child Sex Trafficking
SCTNow

Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTN) works to stop demand for child sex trafficking through awareness, advocacy and action. Their work helps find traffickers and the people that exploit children for sex, to expose the identities of these criminals to law enforcement for prosecution.