SEX TRAFFICKING FACTS
Sex Trafficking Facts Why resource links regarding the FBI and trafficking you may ask? Trafficking, as stated below, is NOT something confined to other countries and/or the crossing of borders. Men selling young girls, and boys, as prostitutes ARE engaging in the trafficking of minors, and it is occurring right under our noses more often than you think. It is a myth that US citizens cannot be trafficked and that your sons or daughters aren’t being trafficked if they are living in your home and going to their school. (Many victims DO have “freedom” of movement, BUT are controlled by threats to themselves and particularly to their families.)
Pimps and wanna-be pimps are getting more aggressive and brazen in their bids to increase or get into the “business”. With the average income from pimping ONE girl about a $1,000 a night, and the risks MUCH less than selling drugs or guns, the business is booming. As it is often pointed out, a person can be sold over and over, whereas other contraband has to be “restocked”. Pimps are approaching children in malls, at school, anywhere they can come in contact with vulnerable and innocent young people. They may come onto the child as a “boyfriend”, and the child may be flattered by the attention, in a process called “grooming”, and when the real motives come out months later, it is too late. They are beaten often, raped, or gang raped and threatened with severe consequences if they ever tell.
Read more here on the FBI's page.
These kind of things DON’T just happen to girls “on the other side of the tracks”. There is a true story frequently seen on MSNBC where a young girl was exploited for years whose grandfather was a judge and her father a corporate executive. The abuser made her sneak out at night where she was frequently gang-raped and prostituted. After one particularly brutal night when she thought she might die, she was picked up by the police who heard her story and took her home. He happened to be one of the rare policemen who understood what was happening to the girl and even told the family what was happening, but the “upstanding” family didn’t believe him and just thought the girl was lying or a trouble-maker and blamed her. (She had figured that her family would react that way, is why she hadn’t gone to them in the first place.) The next day the abuser called; all she heard was the dog whimper in the yard and a gunshot. She knew what that meant. She didn’t finally get away from her abusers until the family moved to another town.
Read more on MSNBC's site.
Human trafficking generates billions of dollars of profit each year, making it one of the world’s fastest growing criminal activities. The FBI investigates it as a priority under our civil rights program, but we see human trafficking activities in other investigative areas as well, including organized crime, crimes against children, and gangs.
Myth: Trafficking must involve the crossing of borders.
Fact: Despite the use of the word “trafficking,” victims can actually be held within their own country—anti-trafficking laws don’t require that victims must have traveled from somewhere else.
Myth: U.S. citizens can’t be trafficked.
Fact: They can and they are.
Myth: Victims never have freedom of movement.
Fact: Some victims can move about, but are coerced into always returning, perhaps with a threat against their families back home.
In June 2003, the FBI, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative. Their combined efforts were aimed at addressing the growing problem of domestic sex trafficking of children in the United States.
Gangs are expanding, evolving and posing an increasing threat to US communities nationwide. Many gangs are sophisticated criminal networks with members who are violent, distribute wholesale quantities of drugs, and develop and maintain close working relationships with members and associates of transnational criminal/drug trafficking organizations. Gangs are becoming more violent while engaging in less typical and lower-risk crime, such as prostitution and white-collar crime. Gangs are more adaptable, organized, sophisticated, and opportunistic, exploiting new and advanced technology as a means to recruit, communicate discretely, target their rivals, and perpetuate their criminal activity. Based on state, local, and federal law enforcement reporting, the NGIC concludes that:
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