Sex Trafficking in the US and Around the World

I just spent the last hour listening to a webinar hosted by FREE International, an organization who works to rescues victims of modern day slavery.  
Many of us think of slavery as an issue of the past.  This is untrue.  There is actually more people in slavery today than any other time in history, including the 300 years of Trans-Atlantic slave trading from Africa.  Last year, the slave industry made more than Google, Starbucks, and Nike, combined.  The US is the second highest destination point for women slaves, with an estimated 200,000 slaves in the United States alone.  These statistics disgust me.  Take a look at the facts. The issue is real.

Sex Trafficking in the United States
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• St. Louis Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Sex Trafficking Charge (St. Louis FBI,April 13, 2009)
• In June 2008, the FBI arrested 345 Americans—including 290 adult prostitutes—in one sting operation. (FBI)
• Since 2003, 308 pimps and hookers have been convicted in (US) state and federal courts of forcing youngsters into prostitution and 433 child victims have been rescued, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller. (FBI)
• In 2007, the FBI launched a total of 119 human trafficking investigations, made 155 arrests, and filed 63 complaints. Ninety‐one information/indictments were filed in our human trafficking cases, and our investigative efforts resulted in 57 convictions. (FBI)
• A University of Pennsylvania study estimates nearly 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of being sexually exploited for commercial uses ‐ “most of them runaways or thrown‐aways,” said Ernie Allen, president of the NCMEC.(National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
• 200,000 American kids are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry (
• Teen girls’ stories of sex trafficking in U.S. International sex trafficking is a well‐known problem, but it happens here as well (ABC Primetime, February 9, 2006)
• Federal agents and local police in Johnson County, Missouri raided 12 businesses and four homes on 10 May 2007, rescuing 15 women from ‘massage parlors’. (
• Between 14,500 and 17,500 victims are trafficked into the USA each year (NCSOnline); The CIA estimates 40,000—50,000 victims);
• There have been reports of trafficking instances in at least 20 different US states, with most cases occurring in New York, California and Florida (Center for the Study of Intelligence)
• Three Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking of Children (San Diego FBI, January 20, 2009)
• Halting Human Trafficking, 31 Arrests in Major Prostitution Ring (FBI, August 16, 2006)
• 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one‐year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
• For every 1,000 children in Missouri, 5‐10 are in some state of maltreatment.(Department of Justice)
• One in 12 (82 of 1000) youth experienced sexual victimization, including sexual assault (32 per 1000) and attempted or completed rape (22 per 1000). (Crimes Against Children Research Center)

Sex Trafficking Around the World

• 1.2 million children are being trafficked every year; this is in addition to the millions already held captive by trafficking (UNICEF)
• Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation (The A21 Campaign)
• The average victim is forced to have sex up to 40 times a day (The A21 Campaign)
• The average age of a trafficked victim is 14 years old (The A21 Campaign)
• Approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years (USAID)
• Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic (US Department of State)
• People are trafficked from 127 countries to be exploited in 137 countries(UNODC)
• The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of$32 billion (UN)
• By 2010 human trafficking will be the number one crime worldwide (The A21 Campaign)


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