It is important to understand both the reality and the impact that human trafficking currently generates.  Here are some quick facts:

  • Worldwide, there are nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking, with 55% women and girls, and 26% children
  • Human Trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide
  • 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
  • Sex trafficking occurs when force, fraud, or coercion is used to cause a commercial sex act with an adult.  Force, Fraud or coercion need not be present for sex trafficking to occur with a child under the age of 18.  When a commercial sex act occurs with a child under the age of 18, it is by definition sex trafficking.
  • A commercial sex act is identified by the exchange of anything of value (eg. money, drugs, food, clothing, shelter) for a sexual act
  • Because of the hidden nature of the crime, it is essentially impossible to know with certainty how many people are sex trafficked in the United States. 
  • While statistics vary on the number of children in the U.S. who are trafficked, we firmly believe the number is by far in excess of 100,000
  • Conservative estimates project that 10% - 15% of sex trafficked children in the U.S. are boys, with some studies showing up to 50%
  • It is projected that between 70% and 85% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system
  • An estimated 1 in 6 runaway youth are likely sex trafficking victims
  • LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to be sex trafficked because they have higher runaway rates, as a result of more discrimination, violence and economic problems than their non-LGBTQ peers
  • Some experts believe up to 50% of biologically born males in the state of Florida who are sex trafficking victims are transgender
  • The most common age of children entering sex trafficking in the United States is between 14 and 16, and likely younger for boys as compared to girls
  • 85% of those in sex slavery were sexually abused as children
  • 90% of victims are arrested for selling sex, whereas fewer than 10% of buyers are arrested
  • 95% of victims are physically assaulted and/or raped in prostitution

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