What Is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Sex Industry Stats

More women are employed by the sex industry now than any other time in history.

At 13.3 billion, the 2006 revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger

than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined

There are more strip clubs in the United States than any other nation in the world.

Between 66-90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children.

Compared to the general population, women involved in the sex industry experience

higher rates of…

• Substance Abuse Issues

• Rape and Violent Assault

• Sexually Transmitted Diseases

• Domestic Violence

• Depression

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates equivalent to veterans of combat war.

89% of women in the sex industry said they wanted to escape, but had no other means

for survival.

Survivors face a myriad of issues that impact their physical, emotional, and spiritual


Porn Stats

• 40 million Americans regularly visit porn sites

• 47% percent of families say pornography is a “problem” in their home

• 70% of men 18-24 visit porn sites

• 1 in 3 visitors are women

Trafficking Stats

• The average age of entry into prostitution is 12-14 years

• Human trafficking is the second largest global organized crime today, generating

approximately 31.6 billion USD each year. Specifically, trafficking for sexual exploitation

generates 27.8 billion USD per year

• 70% of females who are trafficked are trafficked into the commercial sex industry

• There are 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide

*Data gathered from more than 30 journal articles featuring research on women in the sex industry & the work of Dr. Melissa Farley.


Minor sex trafficking occurs when a person is under 18 years of age and is engaged in a commercial sex act.

Commercial sex act is any sex act of which anything of value is given to or received by

any person.

This includes:

• Prostitution

• Exotic Dancing/Stripping

• Pornography

• Sex Tourism

Survival Sex

Pathway to the Sex Industry

There is a distinct correlation between early childhood sexual abuse and prostitution.

It is estimated that 90% of youth in prostitution have a history of sexual abuse, rape or


Statistics show that 1 in 5 women will be raped within their lifetime and are 26 times

more likely to become a prostitute later in life.

Youths who have sexual trauma history are more vulnerable to exploitation. Pimps

are savvy at detecting this vulnerability.

Other commonalities include homelessness, and prior contact with DCFS.

The average age of entry into prostitution (sex-trafficking) in the US is 12 to 13 years


Victims of sexual abuse-

8% are bused by strangers

25% are abused by family

6% are abused by someone the victim knew and trusted

The abuser saw the child vulnerability, needs and that the child was unprotected

Human Trafficking Among Children and Teens?

The human trafficking industry preys on homeless youth and exploits the lack of youth homeless shelter beds, as a way to lure young people in. Human traffickers manipulate the young and homeless by telling them that shelters are full, followed by the proceeding questions: “Where are you going to go? Why don't you come with me?”

If we want to fight human trafficking, we cannot afford to cut services for the homeless youth.


Homeless youth often have to make the desperate choice between sleeping on the street or going with a pimp who is offering food and a place to stay. Faced with dire situations like this, homeless youth are easily manipulated into becoming victims of human trafficking.

 According to federal law, all children engaging in prostitution are human trafficking victims - therefore there is no such thing as a “child prostitute”. Despite this, far too many children are sexually exploited and do not know how to escape the vicious cycle.

 If a pimp forces a person to engage in sex for money against his or her will at any time, whether through threats, coercion or physical violence, he or she is a human trafficking victim, regardless of initial consent.

 Most human trafficking victims are not in chains. Pimps can use psychological and emotional coercion to control their victims. Many victims are traumatically bonded to their pimps, and despite enduring horrific violence, believe they are loved by them. Such cases of stockholm syndrome amongst victims of human trafficking is not uncommon.

 Boys fall victim to human trafficking too. Just like girls, the exact number of trafficked boys is unknown; and boys are often less likely to ask for help.

 LGBTQ youth are at especially high risk for human trafficking victimization. Transgender youth often feel that commercial sex is their only option, because employers often discriminate against them.

 Traffickers deny their victims an education or an ability to gain real employment skills. Ergo, human trafficking victims feel like they have no way out, as commercial sex is now their only resume.

Pimping IS trafficking 

How is pimping a form of sex trafficking?

Answer: In the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, a severe form of sex

trafficking is a crime in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or

coercion. Pimps, who are motivated by the opportunity to make money, sell women and

girls in the commercial sex industry by using numerous methods to gain control over

their bodies and minds, including:

  • Force

  • Beating and slapping • Beating with objects (bat, tools, chains, belts, hangers,

canes, cords) • Burning • Sexual assault • Rape and gang rape • Confinement

and physical restraint

  • Fraud

  • False promises • Deceitful enticing and affectionate behavior • Lying about

working conditions • Lying about the promise of a better life

  • Coercion

• Threats of serious harm or restraint • Intimidation and humiliation

• Creating a climate of fear • Intense manipulation

• Emotional abuse •Creating dependency and fear of independence

Question: Are pimps managers who offer protection to women and girls in the sex industry

and split the money earned through commercial sex acts?

Answer: No. Contrary to common perceptions, pimps do not offer protection, and they

are not benevolent managers. Instead, pimps usually take all of the money and typically

establish nightly monetary quotas that women and children are forced to earn in order to

avoid violent repercussions. Pimps even “brand” those under their control with tattoos of

their name to demonstrate ownership.

Why Cherished serves 18 and up

The women that we have encountered at Cherished, coming out of the sex industry have many things in common even though they come from a myriad of back grounds but 1 thing is the same … Childhood sexual abuse

When a child is sexually abused she will grow up to being an adult who was sexually abused as a child. 

If someone is violated before the age of 18 we say “she is a victim’ then after 18 we forget that she was 1st a victim who is living her life from that place of abuse 

and because she is an adult we say she is not a victim but instead, she chose this life. 

We must ask our selfs what do we believe about “Sanctity of life”

We are all loved valued and Cherished and we want every woman who comes to Cherished to know who they are. They are Cherished!