Human trafficking is known as the modern form of slavey, disregarding race. “Sex trafficking occurs when force, fraud, or coercion is used to cause a commercial sex act with an adult. Force, fraud or coercion need not be present for sex trafficking to occur with a child under the age of 18. When a commercial sex act occurs with a child under the age of 18, it is by definition sex trafficking. [According to the U.S. Department of State ]” A commercial sex act is identified by the exchange of anything of value (eg. money, drugs, food, clothing, shelter) for a sexual act. [According to the Department of Justice]
Washington D.C has the highest rate of 11.66% per 100k people tied to this ring. California holds the highest number of cases accounting for 1,656 in 2020, and it is only February. Many who are trafficked are from other countries. Almost half of cases reported in the U.S. are about immigrants crossing the border. That is another danger about illegally trying to enter the U.S. is that on the way, many women and kids are stopped before they are even near the border, by people to claim they are “Border Patrol Officers.” They are then taken to a “detainment camp” but it is actually a hotspot for new coming solicitors to buy and sell them. Truck drivers are suspected to be the biggest source of how the operation runs, with that area of work being the most accessible acor 15% of American men pay for sexual encounters in the U.S. alone.
US is #1 in consumers in sex trafficking. This horrific order is a $150 billion industry. 40.3 million estimated victims are exploited every year. 1 million being under the age of 18, with an estimated 10-15% being male, but some estimate its almost up to 50%. 92% of victims are physically assaulted and 85% of those who are pawned were sexually abused as a child, some being as young as 3 years old. 90% simply cannot find their way out of it because they weren’t intentinally trying to be involved in it, or they are scared to leave the world they only know. “Between 60% and 70% of trafficked children in the U.S. come from child social services or the foster care system.”
Boys Safe Home is a non-profit safe home to decline the number of male population trafficked across the country. They have locations in Florida, Texas, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Those being the most populated cities with the most reported cases of human trfficking and traffickers. THORN: Digital Defenders of Children is another non profit created by Ashton Kutcher in 2009 in co-partnership with the FBI to find predators online. With the technology they have built, they have saved over 100,000 children from potential kidnapping, raping, sexual encountering, and anti-human trafficking. I personally have donated a lot more toward their fund, and I support their program 100% and what it stands for. I believe that this needs to be talked about a lot more and spread more awareness about the dangers we might not see, but are very much alive.