Here’s an update of the problem:
· Human Trafficking is the 2nd-leading crime in the world — including the U.S.
· An estimated 1.3 million go missing in the U.S. every year, and 33,000 remain missing at any given time.
· If a missing or homeless child is not recovered within the first 48 hours, there is a 1 in 3 chance they will be trafficked or solicited for sex.
· 12-14 years of age is the average age of entry into child “prostitution” in the U.S.
· If a person under the age of 18 is involved in commercial sex, they are being trafficked.
· If a person is over 18 and has a pimp, they are being trafficked.
· The majority of trafficking occurs in hotels and motels.
· Although there is always a demand for sex, sporting events and large events that draw a great deal of people – particularly men – increase the demand for sex-for-sale.
· 77% of all child trafficking victims will go on to participate in adult prostitution.