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What is Sex Trafficking?
Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years. –Dept. of Health and Human Services
Did You Know? Men, women and children all over the US are forced to sell their bodies or work for little to no pay. They are being lured into modern-day slavery in many ways, including:
- A promise of a good job in another country
- A false marriage proposal turned into a bondage situation
- Being sold…by parents, husbands, boyfriends
- Being kidnapped or abducted by a pimp or recruiters
Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888
“The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 13- to 14-years-old.”
– Sara Ann Friedman for ECPAT-USA, “Who Is There to Help Us?,” 2005
“The vulnerable are being increasingly exploited due to: weak penalties for their buyers, ease of their transport, and the number of ‘adult’ shops and strip clubs.”
– Chelan Rene’ Russ writer for Let’s End This
“Between 100k-300k American kids are at risk of entering the sex trade each year.”
– U.S. Dept. of Justice | Via: T.A.T.