Sex Trafficking & PornSex Trafficking (older archives available here)

  • Per the International Labor Organization, there may be as many as 24.9 million victims of forced labor across the world. Of these, 4.8 million were in forced sexual exploitation.
  • Over 99 percent of trafficked individuals trapped in forced sexual exploitation are women.
  • Over 21 percent of those trafficked for sex are children.
  • In FY 2017, DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI) initiated 833 human trafficking cases, resulting in 1,602 arrests and 578 convictions, and identified 518 victims of human trafficking.
  • Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases in the United States.
  • Of the nearly 25,000 runaway children reports to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking.
  • The underground sex economy is a multimillion dollar industry. A 2014 Urban Institute study estimated the combined worth of the underground sex economy in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., to be between $39.9 and $290 million.
  • Reports of suspected child sex trafficking jumped 846 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • Human trafficking is the fastest-growing organized crime activity in the United States, making almost $32 billion a year for traffickers while destroying the lives of tens of thousands of innocent children. Nearly 70 percent of these transactions now take place online.
  • According to "The Global Coalition To End Human Trafficking Now" 10 Million child prostitutes worldwide. (The Global Coalition To End Human Trafficking Now)
  • 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2014 where likely sex trafficking victims.  National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (2015) Child Sex Trafficking. [Accessed 29th December 2015] http://www.missingkids.com/1in6
  • “Traffickers show pornography to sex trafficking victims to train them and desensitize them to the sex acts they will be forced to perform.” National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (2015) Pornography + Sex Trafficking: The Facts. [Accessed 29th December 2015] http://stoptraffickingdemand.com/facts/
  • “Porn users demand a constant stream of new, increasingly violent and fetishized content. In order to keep up with this demand, more women and children become prostituted and trafficked.” National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (2015) Pornography + Sex Trafficking: The Facts. [Accessed 29th December 2015] http://stoptraffickingdemand.com/facts/?
  • The United Nations estimates that out of the more than 1.8 million children who are exploited as part of the illicit commercial sex market each year, approximately 100,000 American children are the victims of trafficking. (June 6, 2014); The Internet Pornography Pandemic: The Largest Unregulated Social Experiment in History, Donna Rice Hughes, etc http://enough.org/objects/christian-apologetics-journal-spring2014.pdf 
  • It is estimated that 100,000 children in the U.S. are in danger of sexual slavery. The average age of entry into the sex trade is 14 years old. “Child Sex Trafficking At-a-Glance.” Polaris Project (2011). http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org/sites/default/files/Child Sex Trafficking AAG.pdf