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Breaking the Chains of Abuse

What is Sex Trafficking?

Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally.

Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.

Sex traffickers may lure their victims with the false promise of a high-paying job. Others promise a romantic relationship, where they first establish an initial period of false love and feigned affection. During this period they offer gifts, compliments, and sexual and physical intimacy, while making elaborate promises of a better life, fast money, and future luxuries. However, the trafficker eventually employs a variety of control tactics, including physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault, confiscation of identification and money, isolation from friends and family, and even renaming victims.

Sex trafficking exists within diverse venues including fake massage businesses, online escort services, residential brothels, in public on city streets and in truck stops, strip clubs, hotels and motels, gangs and elsewhere.

In street-based sex trafficking, victims are often expected to earn a nightly quota, ranging from $500 to $1000 or more, which is confiscated by the pimp. Women in brothels disguised as massage businesses typically live on-site where they are coerced into providing commercial sex to 6 to 10 men a day, 7 days a week.



Trafficking in humans generates profits in excess of 32 billion dollars a year for those who, by force and deception, sell lives into slavery and sexual bondage.

Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry.

Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors

It is estimated that there are 100,000 children in the sex trade in the United States each year.

Trafficking of minor girls is the fastest growing crime in the U.S.

California is the number one state in the U.S. for trafficking cases.

1 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 10 boys will be sexually exploited by the time they reach adulthood.

Average Life Expectancy of a sex trafficked victim is 7 years.

Over 35 states in the US have reported seeing criminal street gangs engaging in commercial sexual exploitation, CA is one such state.

Sex trafficking is one of the top four crimes that is considered profitable to gangs.

The three most common forms of sex trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRS) hotline involved:
pimp-controlled prostitution
commercial-front brothels
and escort services.

Source: Sources: International Justice Mission and Polaris Project