Human Traffic Watch

Selling American Girls: The Truth About Domestic Minor Sex-Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

The sex-trafficking of U.S. children is America’s dirty, little secret.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry — just behind drug trafficking. Approximately half of all victims are children.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates it’s a $32 billion industry, with about 50% of this revenue coming from industrialized countries. This surpasses the sale of illegal arms.

Sex-trafficking is essentially systemic rape for profit. Force, fraud and coercion are used to control the victim’s behavior, which may secure the appearance of consent to please the buyer (or John). Behind every transaction is violence or the threat of violence.

What happens to trafficked children in the U.S. when they the are discovered by the police? Often they are arrested on prostitution charges, thrown into jail and treated like criminals, even though they are minors.

Source: Forbes

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