Human Trafficking: What You Need To Know

Children exploited through prostitution report they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers per night…  utilizing a conservative estimate, a domestic minor sex trafficking victim…  would be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of their victimization through prostitution.
— The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking:  America’s Prostituted Children, Shared Hope International, May 2009, page 20.
The average entry age of American minors into the sex trade is 12-14 years old.  Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.  IJM alone has rescued over 28,000 people in the last 20 years.
— International Justice Mission website, September, 2016.

Seven Myths and Facts about Human Trafficking:


Myth 1:  Trafficked children are kidnapped

FACT: While some victims are kidnapped, the vast majority of victims have previously known their trafficker.  In fact, victims of sex trafficking tend to be groomed for awhile, often by someone they call their boyfriend.

Myth 2:  Victims are always homeless or runaway youth

FACT: Victims can be living with parents, attending school, going to church and living in a way that no one expects anything is wrong.  Sometimes no one ever goes looking for a victim because they are never missing.

Myth 3:  Dancers and prostituted women love their jobs and choose to exploit themselves

FACT: The majority of women in the sex industry have a history of childhood abuse and/or being trafficked.  It is not the life they "chose," but the life that has been forced upon them.

Myth 4:  Pornography, prostitution and stripping are victimless crimes

FACT: All three of these industries harbor victims of sex trafficking

Myth 5:  Sex trafficking is only found in brothels or mafia-related crime

FACT: Sex trafficking is found in strip clubs, escort services, rodeos, fairs, street prostitution, fake massage parlors, truck stops, brothels, organized crime, online ads and within families.

Myth 6:  Victims are sold by strangers

FACT: Family members, coaches, neighbors, boyfriends, teachers, friends and friends’ parents have all been known to traffic victims.

Myth 7:  It only happens to girls

FACT: It happens to boys too.  According to the ECPAT USA study “Boys Too,” 50% of victims are boys.


Five Truths about Human Trafficking

Truth 01:

Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world.

Truth 02:

It happens in every county, city, state and country.

Truth 03:

At least 100,000 American children are being exploited through pornography or prostitution every year.

Truth 04:

The average age a child is first exploited through prostitution is 13 years old, although children as young as infants have been identified in pornography.

Truth 05:

Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.

-Myths and Facts provided by Switch, via Shared Hope International, Polaris Project and the A21 Campaign. 



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