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?