“The person who ignores slavery justifies it by quickly deducting the victim is a willing participant hampered by misfortune.”– D’Andre Lampkin
What is sex trafficking?
Sex trafficking occurs when a person is forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. The average age of entry into the commercial sex trade in the US is between 12 and 14 years of age. Sex traffickers, commonly referred to as pimps, target people whose current situation, or past history, makes them more vulnerable; youth who are runaways/ throwaways and/ or youth in the foster care system are at an increased risk. The majority of trafficking victims are also youth who have been sexually abused previous to having been trafficked.
Information regarding the number of people sex trafficked in the United States each year is hard to pinpoint, but according to the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School between 100,000 and 300,000 youth are enslaved each year. The number of adults sex trafficked is more difficult to identify, as adult victims are often mislabeled as willing participants.