FACTS

> Every 2 minutes a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation.UNICEF. (23 Sept 2010). http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_exploitation.html

>  300,000 children in the U.S. are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation. -U.S. Department of Justice

> Sex trafficked slaves are by far the most lucrative slaves in the world. 4.2% of the world’s slaves are trafficked sex slaves, but they generate 39.1% of slaveholders’ profits. Siddharth Kara’s book entitled Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, 2009

> Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, according to estimates. Women and girls account for about 80% of the detected victims. UN.org, 2009

> In 2006 there were only 5,808 prosecutions and 3,160 convictions throughout the world. This means that for every 800 people trafficked, only one person was convicted in 2006. US State Dept., Trafficking in Persons Report, 2007

> 43% of human trafficking victims are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 98% are women and girls. International Labour Organization, Forced Labour Statistics Factsheet, 2007

> The Internet is often used to provide access to child prostitutes, identify the locations of child sex tourism operators, and to promote and complete the sale and trafficking of children. Chase, Elaine, and Statham, June. (2004). The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People: An Overview of Key Literature and Data. Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

> Some victims of domestic human trafficking have been underage girls exploited through prostitution in exotic dance clubs and/or escort services. Control tactics employed by traffickers to retain victims in exploitative situations include social isolation, forcible confinement, withholding identification documents, imposing strict rules, limitation of movement, as well as threats and violence. RCMP, Human Trafficking in Canada: A Threat Assessment, 2010

> Surveys indicate that 30 to 35 % of all sex workers in the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia are between 12 and 17 years of age. UNICEF.org 2011

> The RCMP estimates that 600-800 persons are trafficked into Canada annually, predominantly for sexual purposes, and that an additional 1,500-2,200 persons are trafficked through Canada into the United States. Worldvision.ca 2011

> There are girls as young as 5 and 6 years old in the U.S. that are forced to do sexual acts for economic gain by their pimp. USDOJ Press Release, April 2008

> UNICEF reports approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years. Salvation Army Initiative Against Sex Trafficking. Sept. 2010. iast.net/thefacts.htm

> In Amsterdam, 80% of prostitutes are foreigners, and 70% have no immigration papers, suggesting that they were trafficked. (CATW Fact Book, citing Marie-Victoire Louis, “Legalizing Pimping, Dutch Style”, Le Monde Diplomatique, 8 March 1997)
> In 2009, a three day operation across 36 cities across 30 FBI divisions around the U.S. led to the recovery of 52 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, nearly 700 others, including 60 pimps, were arrested on local and state charges. FBI Press Release, Oct. 2009. http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel09/crosscountry_102609.htm


> In Lithuania, 20 to 50% of prostitutes are believed to be minors. Children as young as age 11 are known to work as prostitutes. Children from children’s homes, some 10 to 12 years old, have been used to make pornographic movies. UNICEF.org, 2011

 

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