sex trafficking


Nearly 80% of human trafficking is for sex, and 19% for labor exploitation. [6]  Sex traffickers often recruit children because not only are children more unsuspecting and vulnerable than adults, but there is also a high market demand for young victims. Traffickers target victims on the telephone, on the Internet, through friends, at the mall, and in after-school programs. [2] Human traffickers often use a Sudanese phrase “use a slave to catch slaves,” meaning traffickers send “broken-in girls” to recruit younger girls into the sex trade. [3] Airports are often used by human traffickers to hold “slave auctions,” where women and children are sold into prostitution. [4]

Out of nearly 25,000 runaway youth reported, an estimated one out of seven were likely child sex trafficking victims.  Of those, 88% were in the care of social services when they went missing.  [10]

2 “Teen Girls Stories of Sex Trafficking in the U.S.” ABC News/Primetime. February 9, 2006. Accessed: December 26, 2010.
3 Skinner, E. Benjamin. A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. New York, NY: Free Press, 2008.
4 “Slaves Auctioned by Traffickers.” BBC News. June 4, 2006. Accessed: December 28, 2010.
6 "Human Trafficking Facts." National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Accessed: March 1, 2017.
8 International Labor Organization, 2014. Accessed: January 15, 2018
10 U.S. Department of Labor, 2017. Accessed: January 15, 2018
11 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 2017. Accessed: January 15, 2018