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 Men, women and children can be trafficked right in their own backyard, even their own home, for many purposes including sex, pornography, forced labor and indentured servitude. Human trafficking is the business of luring, coercing or otherwise forcing people of any age into exploitative labor with little, if any, compensation at all. 

Sex trafficking is that part of human trafficking otherwise known as prostitution where managers (pimps) arrange for sexual activities with a prostitute in exchange for something of economic value fo the pimp, usually it’s money, making  sex trafficking one of the most prolific and profitable forms of human trafficking.

Occassionally of-age adults make a fully informed decision to participate the sex trade industry by their own free will. On the other hand the vast majority of prostitutes are forced to perform by their pimps who employ a variety of coercive tactics that includes deception, deprevation and physical abuse.

In the U.S., the average age of entry into prostitution starts when children are between 12 and 14 years old. The justice system frequently punishes these human trafficking victims for their involvement in the sex industry rather than prosecuting the pimps that profit from the sex trade and those who pay the pimps for access to sex activities.

Visit the pages here to learn more from subjsect matter experts like attorney Robin Sax and victims advocates about human trafficking.

If you need help or know of someone that needs assistance you can call Children of the Night’s hotline at: (800) 551-1300, Ext. 0 or the Polaris Project hotline at: 1-888-3737-888.

Learn more about human trafficking


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Further reading:

Deconstructing the Demand for Prostitution by the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Donna M. Hughes,  The Demand for Victims of Sex Trafficking, University of Rhode Island

John Cerone, “Human Trafficking,” Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

Country Reports The Protection Project

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Human Trafficking Polaris Project

Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking: Commentary United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2010

Sex Trafficking, Human Rights and Social Justice Tiantian Zheng ed., London; New York: Routledge, 2010

Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially in Women and Children United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Trafficking in Persons Report U.S. Department of State

Trafficking Reports Anti-Slavery International