Child Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet
What is Child Sex Trafficking?
The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines child sex trafficking as:
- A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or
- B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”
Does Child Sex Trafficking happen in the United States?
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. It is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” where the person is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years. (Shared Hope International)
How many children are being trafficked in the US?
The illicit and underground nature of this activity makes it difficult to identify the exact number of victims of DMST, but estimates suggest that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States at any given time.
- At least 100,000 children are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States (ECPAT-USA)
- The average age of entry into child sex trafficking is 12-14 years old. (US Dept. of Justice)
- One in seven endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2013 were likely sex trafficking victims. (NCMEC)
- 70%-90% of DMST victims report they were sexually abused at home. (GEMS)
- In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline received reports of 3,598 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. (NMTRC)
- On average, 1 in 20 men over the age of 18 in a metropolitan city is soliciting online sex ads. (Arizona State University)
- 75% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had been advertised or sold online. (THORN, 2015)
- In Georgia, human trafficking laws have been strengthened, ensuring that human traffickers face 25 years to life in prison, up from maximum sentence of 20 years. Offenders can also be fined up to $100,000.00
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