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Human Trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry, with children accounting for half the victims!  Human Trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by threat or use of kidnapping, force, fraud, deception or coercion, as by the giving or receiving of unlawful payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, and for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labors.  Human Trafficking cuts across all demographic groups.  The most vulnerable are undocumented immigrants, runaway and homeless youth, victims of trauma or abuse, refugees, and individuals fleeing conflict.  Sex trafficking has a variety of venues including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.  Labor trafficking is found in agriculture, domestic servitude (maids), peddling and sales crews, service industries such as restaurants, hotels, motels.

  • Between 100,000 to 300,000 U.S. children are enslaved in sex trafficking each year. (Nat'l Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • In the U.S., the average age of recruitment into sex slavery is 12-14 years old.
  • Approximately 20% of all internet pornography involves children who are victims of human trafficking.
  • 80% of the victims are women and girls.
  • Up to 50% are minors
  • 1/3 of teens on the streets (runaways) will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
  • 76% of transactions for sex with minors are conducted over the internet.
  • Average cost for a human is $100 with a turnover profit of $150,000 to $200,000 each year (sexual exploitation).
  • The National Human Trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888) currently receives an average of 1000 calls per month within the United States.
  • The U.S. is a source, transit, and destiny country.  Next to Germany, the United States is the 2nd largest market for women and children trafficked into sex work.

Resources:  Dept. of Health & Human Services 
                    National Resource Center 
                    Department of Justice                                                                                   (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/grants/traffickingmatrix.html
                    Crime Victim Services