Monday, January 24, 2011

Domestic Sex-Trafficking

 • Currently, the U.S. is the 2nd highest destination for trafficked women.
• Sex trafficking has been reported in all 50 states
• Between 18,000 and 20,000 victims are trafficked into the U.S. annually
• The average age of entry into pornography and prostitution is 13.
• There are an estimated 300,000 children involved in sex trafficking

*In another study, 50% of the women and girls interviewed reported being kidnapped by pimps; 76% of those were beaten by pimps; and 79% were beaten by customers.*

A number of studies in the United States indicate that many women and girls in prostitution are also victims of sex trafficking. For example:
* 79% of women in prostitution in one study gave an indication that they were in prostitution due to some degree of force.


 Portland is ranked number-two in the country for sex-trafficking:
A story about coming to the US for a job, but getting trafficked.

According to Gavin, “Research overweeningly shows that about 90 percent of women are not doing it (prostitution) willingly.”(

GA: Dougherty County law enforcement says Atlanta is the hub for teen sex trafficking on the east coast. Demand research AFNAP completed shows 325 young girls are sexually exploited in Georgia every month via internet classifieds websites. That’s 89 girls a day. ( )

New Jersey                                                             
In one example, the police in Plainfield, New Jersey reported a raid upon a sex slave house described as a “19th-Century slave ship, with rancid, doorless bathrooms; bare, putrid mattresses; and a stash of penicillin, morning-after pills, and misoprostol, an antiulcer medication that can induce abortion.” Women are placed into such brothels on both sides of the border and subjected to multiple sexual acts a day, living in fear that if they do not comply with their captor’s demands they, or their family, will be killed. Women and girls trafficked into the United States are thus dispersed across the country, making this an issue that is much more than just a border problem. (


One of these was that in a one month period of time, 740 female who were below 18 years of age were marketed for sexual activities. Of these girls 28 were being advertised through an escort service while the other 712 were advertised on a variety of classified internet websites. (


  1. I hope you find this interesting:

  2. What I find interesting is that countries where adult prostitution is legalized do not have as much as an issue as the US does where all prostitution is illegal (yea yea except certain parts of Nevada, but even Nevada doesn't have as much child prostitution as parts of Oregon and Georgia where it is all illegal). It still happens yes but not to the extreme that it supposedly does here. Seems common sense would tell you hmmmm.... go to a legal prostitute and not get in trouble or find an illegal one and risk tougher penalties and exposure... you would think it would be a no brainer.

  3. BDevereaux- what do you mean "do not have as much as an issue" What are the issues that you are speaking to? Most of the research that I have found says that even where prostitution is legal- there are still a high majority of trafficked people in the field. Legal prostitution does not equal a decrease in trafficking victims. See my post on legalizing prostitution... and add your say on that as well!