Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of forced labor and/or commercial sex.
Domestic sex trafficking occurs when U.S. citizens or permanent residents are commercially sexually exploited. Children and adults can be commercially sexually exploited through the selling of sex, pornography, and or erotic entertainment.
After drug trafficking, human trafficking 2nd largest criminal industry in the world today
Sex trafficking generates $32 billion a year. (stat found here)
800,000 people are trafficked each year
Worldwide woman and girls make up 98% of sexually exploited victims.
84% of victims in confirmed sex trafficking cases are identified as U.S. citizens
There are an estimated 100,000 - 300,000 victims of human trafficking in the US.
The average age a child enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old.
California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas on the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
Approximately, 40-60% of youth engaged in commercial sexual exploitation are engaged to meet their basic needs.