What is Sex Trafficking

Let’s stop sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit individuals for commercial sex. It is a devastating crime that affects millions of women and girls worldwide.

According to the International Labor Organization, there are an estimated 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally, with women and girls accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry. In the United States, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received reports of over 22,000 sex trafficking cases between 2007 and 2019.

Recognizing the signs of sex trafficking is crucial to providing support to women who have experienced it. Some of the signs include physical injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones, as well as emotional signs, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Women who have been trafficked may also have a controlling partner or employer, and may be forced to engage in commercial sex against their will.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, it’s important to seek help. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24/7 and can provide confidential support and guidance. You can reach them at 1-888-373-7888.

Preventing sex trafficking requires a multifaceted approach. It involves addressing the root causes of the issue, such as poverty and gender inequality, as well as holding traffickers accountable for their actions. It also involves educating the public on the signs of sex trafficking and how to report it.

Organizations like the Polaris Project work to combat sex trafficking by providing support and resources to victims, as well as advocating for policy changes to prevent trafficking and protect victims. By supporting organizations like the Polaris Project and advocating for change, we can create a safer and more supportive world for all women.