The United States is one of the largest consumers of commercial sex worldwide. Sex Trafficking is a highly profitable crime that exploits an adult through force, fraud, or coercion, or that engages a child in any form of commercial sexual exploitation.
Many of these victims who have become trapped in this industry experience PTSD, depression, and hopelessness as they feel there is no way out.
Right now, in plain sight, traffickers (aka “pimps”) are putting these women up on online advertisements to be purchased for sex. Project Reach Out uses A.I. technology to crawl websites for phone numbers posted on these ads that are often direct lines to the victim’s cell phones.
After attaining phone numbers, we send out texts to these victims asking if they need help.
Once a victim texts back, the team at the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking attempts to identify what would be most helpful. Some of these needs include: