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