Sex Trafficking

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Theme- Justice/ Human Rights

Sex trafficking fits into this theme because it violates basic human rights such as freedom of slavery, right to equality, right to personal security, etc. Sex trafficking is highly illegal, yet it is still a booming industry.

What is Sex Trafficking?

When someone uses force or fraud to cause an adult or minor to use prostitution, pornography, or sexual acts in exchange for items of value such as drugs, money, shelter, food, or clothes.
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  • 1 out of 6 runaways are reported as being sex traffic victims
  • About 4.5 million people are in trapped in the sex trafficking industry globally
  • Since 2007, there have been 14,588 trafficking reports to the National Human Trafficking Resource center just in the United States
  • Women and girls make up 98% of sex trafficking
  • 2 million children every year are exploited in global sex trading.

How Does It Happen?

  • Girls become romantically involved with someone who manipulates or forces them into prostitution
  • Promises of money, a job such as modeling or acting, shelter, etc.
  • Abuse, force, coercion, fraud
  • Parents/ family members force children into it

To Who?

  • Women/ girls
  • Men/ boys
  • LGBTQ members
  • Citizens
  • Foreigners
  • Runaways
  • Anyone


  • Corning
  • California has some of the biggest trafficking rings in the US
  • Mexico
  • 3rd World countries have higher averages
  • Anywhere
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Child Trafficking

  • 75% of children trapped in trafficking are sold online
  • 12-14 is the average age to enter sex trafficking in America
  • Pimps can make $150,000- $200,00 per child, each pimp has about 4-6 children
  • 19% of children are under 3, 39% under 6, 83% under 12

How to Stop It

  • Ending gender inequality/ discriminatory laws
  • Reducing poverty rates
  • Ending the demand
  • Ending sex tourism