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Sex Trafficking

Human trafficking, also described as modern-day slavery or involuntary servitude, affects an estimated 700,000 to 2 million people around the globe every year. Sex trafficking is human trafficking for the purpose of Commercial Sexual Exploitation. That’s another way of saying its human trafficking into prostitution.

Traffickers often transport individuals from their home countries to unfamiliar destinations, leaving them defenseless and vulnerable without any resources. Victims are often forced, through physical violence and psychological threats, to engage in sex acts or to perform work under slavery-like conditions.

The Stats:

“UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.”[1]

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into this country each year.[2]

Human trafficking is a relatively low risk business, but if successful, garners high payoffs. Some experts claim that it generates $7 billion. In February 2001, Interpol announced that it generates $19 billion [annually]. [3]

Local Resources:

The Center for Violence-Free Relationships

Courage 2 BU, www.c2bu.org

Captive Daughters, www.captivedaughters.org

Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking, Sacramento Coalition: www.stopslavery.net


[1] Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking, “The Facts.” http://www.iast.net/thefacts.htm
[2] Ibid
[3] Ibid