The transfer and harboring of individuals through force or coercion for the use of sexual exploitation or forced labor.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a commercial transaction that involves the sexual exploitation of a child, such as the prostitution of children and child pornography.
Child exploitation includes prostitution, child pornography, and sexual torture.
Many are repeatedly raped, gang raped, beaten, isolated, branded, tortured, terrorized, and threatened with death.
Types of Trafficking
Human trafficking is not just sex. There are many ways a victim might be trafficked. Other types of trafficking are: forced labor, bonded labor/debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, child sex trafficking
Trafficking has life-long effects including physical and psychological trauma. Victims experience emotional and physical pain including torture, disease, shame, starvation, grief, broken bones, burns, concussions, mutilations, infections, forced drug use, and permanent organ damage.
A FEW FACTS...
2.5 million people are trafficked worldwide; 2 million are sex trafficked children (U.S. Department of State, 2010)
Upward of 300,000 children are domestically trafficked in the US
(U.S. Department of State, 2010)
The average life expectancy of trafficking victim is 7 years.
The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12 years old.
Signs of Trafficking
HOW DO I KNOW IF SOMEONE IS BEING TRAFFICKED?
Many people ask this question.
Below are signs that MAY indicate someone is being trafficked.
If you suspect that someone is being trafficked*, please contact the
National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at: 1-888-373-7888.
*This list is not exhaustive. Not all indicators are present in every case. If signs are present, it is an indication that further assessment may be necessary to identify a potential human trafficking situation. Indicators reference conditions a potential victim might exhibit.
The indicators listed are from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center