How Sex Trafficking Happens
Childhood sexual abuse is the root for many sex trafficking victims.
It usually happens at the hands of someone they should be able to trust.
They begin to believe a lie and keep secrets.
"Look what you made me do."
"You should be ashamed of yourself."
"Don't tell anyone...or else."
They try to escape the abuse.
The Average age of
running away and
entering into sex
trafficking is 15-17. Other kids try to escape through drugs, rebellion or even perfectionism.
Within 48 hours of leaving home, 1/3 children are approached by a predator.
They are lured in with false promises of love and protection.
They are sold 15-40 times every 24 hours.
They are manipulated, beaten, coerced and threatened into submission, completely controlled by their trafficker who once posed as a Romeo.