Human Trafficking in the US, defined:

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act; or, commercial sex involving a person under 18 years of age." – U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Sexual Exploitation:

  • Pimps prey on victims as young as 12 years old.1
  • More than 40% of all human trafficking incidents opened for investigation in the United States involved sexual trafficking of a child.2
  • 83% of victims in confirmed sex trafficking cases were identified as U.S. citizens.2
  • 75% of child victims engaged in prostitution are under the control of a pimp.3
  • One teenage girl reported having to meet quotas of $500 a night, seven days a week and having to give the money to her trafficker each night. This particular pimp controlled three other women. Based on these numbers, Polaris Project estimates the pimp made $632,000 in one year from four young women and girls.4

1Shared Hope International, National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Prostituted Children, 2009, p 30.
2U.S. Department of Justice, “Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010.”
3National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Fact Sheet.”
4D. Hughes. The Demand for Victims of Sex Trafficking. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of State. 2005, p 20.
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