Sex trade 101: Global, national, local

The Exodus Road and its team of bloggers are launching Sex Trade 101, an information campaign aimed at providing our readers with basic education on the sex trafficking trade.  Welcome to your first class!


Doing the math


 Be vigilant, be aware!  Sex trafficking is happening in our very neighborhoods.  No place is immune to this virulent crime.


The face of sex slavery

Take a look at this short video to hear first-hand the inspiring story of a young girl who was trafficked in the sex trade right here in the United States.  She became an informant for multi-state raids by the FBI in July.  


Startling national statistics

Raking in the profits: In the USA, human trafficking generates $9.5 billion every year.

Most likely victims: Some 300,000 children in America are at risk of being sold into prostitution each year.

Innocence lost: On average, a child entering the sex trade in the USA is between the ages of 13 and 14.

Show me the money: The pimps who exploit girls make anywhere between $150,000-$200,000 per child each year. The average pimp has four to six girls.

Heart-breaking truth: The average victim is forced to have sex up to 40 times a day.

Top sex trafficking cities: Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; El Paso; Houston; Las Vegas; Long Island; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Richmond; St. Louis; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Tampa; and Washington.

Don’t blink: One in three teen runaways will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Polaris Project, and the National Runaway Safeline.

What do you know about trafficking in your town or city? Is there much media coverage of the issue?  Would you use social media (including sharing this post!) to bring more attention to the sex trade?


  1. Because I’m at work, I wasn’t able to listen to or watch the video. The statistics are both disgusting and alarming. I have no idea why people disregard human life! It is shameful and evil to blatantly disregard the feelings and lives of others. Why are we a society that so easily places money above life?!? It’s discouraging. *Sigh* This is a very touchy subject that I’m glad you addressed and shared with your readers. I am well aware of this lifestyle because I am born and breed in the city of San Francisco where many teen runaways travel to and pimping and prostituition is abundant. You should do a follow-up post on the resources and organizations available to help eliminate drug trafficing.
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    • Thanks, Andrea. I agree that a follow-up post would be very useful. I’m sure that The Exodus Road, the search and rescue organization that I blog with, will include some of those resources as we continue the Sex Trade 101 series. It is a touchy subject, but given the sheer number of people being brutalized, especially children, the word has to be spread. Each of us can make a major difference, just by sharing resources and speaking up.
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  2. I don’t know anything about it in my town, and I’d be surprised if it existed here, but then again, those statistics are alarming and I didn’t know about them. My daughter will be 13 and 14 in ten years. This is a very touchy subject, but yes, I will help spread the word.
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  3. Thanks, Tamara! Each one spreading the word makes a tremendous difference. People need to know what’s going on. This is a case in which ignorance isn’t bliss.

  4. This is VERY heart-breaking. I am glad that she found another way. I remember at one time they were “attempting” locally to decrease it but it had more to do with politics. Very sad!
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    • It is so heartbreaking, Joi. Looking at the figures makes one feel helpless in the face of such evil, but with awareness and education, we can begin to chip away at this behemoth. I’m glad that she was able to escape. I hope she’s getting the treatment and counseling that are needed to fully rehabilitate.

  5. Thank you for this post! I should get blogging for Exodus Road again. Somehow I stopped getting their emails. Thank you for using your blog and your platform to bring awareness!
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    • Oh Barbie, you really should get back into blogging for the Exodus Road. It is such a worthwhile cause, as I know you know. I can send you some updated information so that you can get back in touch with them, if you wish.

  6. Thank you for posting this and bringing attention to an extremely large problem in the US. I have worked with sex trafficking victims first hand. The empty feeling the girl mentioned in the video doesn’t go away until LONG after they are out of it. Unless they get long lasting help, they tend to fall into very destructive life styles. They can’t keep a job or maintain relationships, they harm themselves, and most are addicted to many different drugs…among many other issues. It’s heart breaking. What really gets me is that our culture in general puts a lot of blame on the girls because they don’t understand what is actually going on. This is a nightmare for law enforcement because it is a terribly hard thing to recognize. Unless you have a very jaded eye, you may never even see it in your own community. I live in the Pacific Northwest along the I-5 corridor. Portland, Oregon is #2 in the country and it is only getting worse. Posts like this help though, so thank you!
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    • Oh. My. Goodness. Heather, where do they get help, if at all? I wish I had the resources to open a home and support them in some way. I guess writing these blog posts is a step in that direction. I really thank you for sharing your experiences in working with victims of sex trafficking.

  7. Those are startling statistics – especially the last one 🙁 Going to check out the video now.
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    • Kenya it’s beyond startling. It is so disheartening. And to think it could be going on right under our noses is beyond scary. I pray to be able to help in some way, beyond writing and providing information. It’s a heinous crime.

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