Human Trafficking: What You Need To Know
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
Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world.
It happens in every county, city, state and country.
At least 100,000 American children are being exploited through pornography or prostitution every year.
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.
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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