Human sex trafficking is a form of slavery and involuntary servitude. Sex trafficking involves individuals profiting from the sexual exploitation of others and has severe physical and psychological consequences for its victims.

Sex trafficking comes in many forms, including forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.  The average age that teens become victims of sex trafficking is between 12 and 14.  Statistically, over 70% of victims are female and over half of them are children.  Many victims are runaways or previous victims of physical or sexual abuse.  However, any person, male or female, adult or child, regardless of their background, can potentially become a victim.

Many victims fall into sex trafficking when sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, false promises, and manipulation.  Some sex traffickers will recruit their victims by posing as a loving boyfriend.  They make promises of things the victim feels they’re lacking in their life (love, money, gifts, fulfilled dreams, etc.) and, after gaining the victim’s trust, they’re forced into the sex trade.  Others will post ads on popular sites, such as Craigslist, Backpage.com, and Eros.com, recruiting victims to work in the modeling or massage business with the actual intention of using them for the purpose of creating pornography, selling escort services, and prostitution.

The internet has been identified as the number one avenue for sex traffickers to recruit and sell victims.  Many younger victims are recruited in places such as malls, schools, parks, and places of social gatherings.  Pre-teens and teenagers are more susceptible to the deceitful and manipulative advances used by sex traffickers.

If you or someone you know is in trouble or you suspect something might be please reach out to your local law enforcement or reach out to a group like Northwest Giving Hope Foundation, The FBI or other groups like the Polaris Project.

Article SourceCity of Tualatin Blog