sex

trafficking

“Target age for trafficking is 14”

“1 out of 3 Girls is

molested by age 18”

“Girls Are Not For Sale”

“Girls Need Protecting”

Knowledge Is Power!

The more we are informed about sex trafficking, the better we are equipped to fight it!

What Is Sex Trafficking?

Sex trafficking is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion.   A commercial sex act means any item of value that is traded for any sexual service (prostitution, pornography, or sexual performance).

Where Are Youth

Most at Risk?

Traffickers target locations where young people can be found.  They use social media sites, schools, malls, parks, bus stops, shelters and group homes as locations of recruitment.  Young girls who runaway, homeless, and those with a history of physical and sexual abuse have an increased risk factor.

Who Is Most At Risk

Teenage girls are most at risk. Pre-teen or adolescent girls are more susceptible to the manipulation tactics used by traffickers.   However, – no youth is exempt from falling prey to these tactics.

Who Buys Sex?

The buyers of sex can be anyone. They can be professionals, students, tourists, military personnel, even a family member.

What Is Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking?

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services in the forms of: prostitution, pornography, stripping and other sexual acts.

Social Media Threat

Traffickers are continually trolling the internet posing as teen girls and boys seeking friendship. These traffickers, under the disguise of this friendship, solicit secrets and compromising photos to use as threats to manipulate youth into doing undesirable sexual acts.

 

Why the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) is a Major Hub for Sex Trafficking

 

The DMV has become a major hub for sex trafficking for several reasons:

  • The Nation’s Capital is a high tourist area

  • There are many new gambling establishments

  • There are several professional sports teams

  • This area is along the 95 corriordor  which is perfect for transporting  up and down the East Coast

 

All these elements make the DMV a perfect location for sex trafficking.


Myth – Girls Can Just Leave

Traffickers use physical, emotional and psychological abuse to coerce girls into a life of sex trafficking. Traffickers are master manipulators.  They employ tactics to create trauma bonds with their victims. Traffickers often use the threat of violence against girls or thier loved ones to keep them trapped.

What Are the Signs of Trafficking

  • Physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts

  • Truant from school

  • Sexualized behavior

  • Overly tired in class

  • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out

  • Brags about making or having lots of money

  • Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes

  • New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking)

  • Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle

  • Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties

  • Shows signs of gang connections (specific colors, notebook doodles of gang symbols, etc.)

How to Report Sex Trafficking

 

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

If you have information about a missing child or suspected child sexual exploitation, call 1-800-843-5678 to report it.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

 

The National Runaway Switchboard:

1-800-RUNAWAY