Sex Trafficking

They used to catch me by the hair, bang my head against the wall and throw me on the ground. They would try anything to make me have sex… they beat me with a stick and sometimes hit me with aluminum rods.” –Jyoti, rescued at age 16

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What is sex trafficking?

Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years. In other words, sex for pay by force, fraud or coercion, or any sex for pay involving minors.

 

Who are the victims of sex trafficking?

Victims can be anyone, men, women, or children. The majority are women and young girls.

 

How are victims lured in to sex trafficking?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, victims can be lured by any number of ways. Here are some examples:

  • A promise of a good job in another country
  • A  false marriage proposal or relationship turned into a bondage situation
  • Being sold into the sex trade by parents, husbands, boyfriends
  • Being kidnapped by traffickers

 

Does it happen in America?

Sadly, sex trafficking is not just an “international problem. ” Sex trafficking happens here, in our own backyard.

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