Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.
At the FBI briefing in Washington, D.C., Ernie Mills, president of the NCMEC, said that commercial sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking “do not just occur somewhere else on the other side of the world. These insidious crimes are occurring in American cities, and the victims are American kids.”
Nine in 10 young girls involved in sex trafficking or child prostitution in the Sacramento area come from a sexual or physically abusive environment, according to the FBI. To date, a FBI task force has recovered 200 children in the Sacramento area. Several of them were along Watt Avenue in Sacramento in an area often referred to as the Stroll.
Human Rights Watch (2003) and the State Department of the United States (2005) are among those who estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 women, men, and children are trafficked across international borders each year for the purpose of economic exploitation with approximately 100,000 more trafficked within the borders of their own countries.
Individuals who are fraudulently pulled into trafficking situations, find themselves held hostage and under the control of the trafficker upon arrival at their destination. Often their physical movement is restricted, their identification papers are confiscated, and the lives of their families are threatened if they are noncompliant with the rules established by the traffickers.
In cases of domestic trafficking, women and girls are transported and sold within the United States for use in the commercial sex industry (primarily pornography, stripping, and prostitution). Preliminary estimates reveal that domestic trafficking within the United States is as much a problem, if not a bigger problem, than international trafficking into the United States.
Leisa is a U.S. citizen who was trafficked at the age of seventeen, when a boyfriend persuaded her to move to Washington D.C. Over the next few years, Leisa experienced rape and beatings at the hands of her customers and pimps. She was arrested and detained several times before ending up at a social service agency that offered shelter and counseling.
young girls from low socioeconomic families are vulnerable to trafficking, primarily for sex work, particularly in countries, such as India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, where a sizeable number of people do not have much income to support them.
the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of prostitution of others, forced labour services, slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
I must have sex with any man who chooses me until my dept is repaid. I refused, and his men raped me and did not feed me. I was in that bungalow two years and made sex to twenty men each day.