Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Current Statistics on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

The following is excerpted from the website of The Covering House, a secure shelter offering all-inclusive care for girls who are victims of sexual exploitation and sexual trafficking in St. Louis, Missouri. Recommended: follow the link in the second bullet point to read an article on child prostitution in the U.S.

Crisis In The United States

Human Trafficking is Real in the United States

  • Human trafficking generates an estimated $9.5 billion in annual revenue in the United States. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • There are reportedly up to 300,000 child prostitutes in the United States. And that number is growing daily. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13 years old. (The U.S. Department of Justice)
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20 times a day. (The A21 Campaign)
  • One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. (National Incident Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children)
  • 52 children were rescued in nationwide sex-trafficking raids. The Federal officials arrested 60 suspected pimps, in a three-day crackdown on child prostitution. The youngest victim was 10. (Los Angeles Times October 27, 2009| Joe Markman)
  • 69 children in 40 cities being used as child prostitutes were rescued by a law enforcement task force headed by the FBI, which also arrested 99 suspected pimps. (Federal Bureau of Investigation: November 8, 2010

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