We have now learned about the basics of sex trafficking and the emotional and psychological turmoil of the victims. But what about the sex traffickers themselves? The people behind the operation?
In the trafficking world, sex traffickers are called recruiters. Pimps are the men who handle the daily affairs of controlling the women. A recent U.S. study has indicated that 28% of women admit to their husbands or partners as being their pimps – a staggering, incredibly upsetting number. In my previous article, I mentioned Stockholm syndrome, a term used to describe the occasional feelings of gratitude from victims toward their captors. These “partner-pimps” produce the widest percentage of Stockholm Syndrome in sex trafficking victims – their loved ones are violently sexually, emotionally, and psychologically abusing them and selling them out to other men.
Around 40% of U.S. women and 60% of international women say that organized networks of people were controlling them and manipulating them within the sex trade. Some of these networks were disguised as bars, strip clubs, massage parlors, and even the mafia. Most of these networks usually contain around 1-10 people, with a maximum being around 100. The ethnicity of recruiters is even – half Caucasian and half African – American. Most recruiters are also involved in other kinds of crime, such as fraud, auto theft, robbery, illegal weaponry, and carjacking.
Source: News East Villagers