The Crisis

International Minor Sex Trafficking: the facts and stats

Child sex trafficking is modern day slavery, involving innocent children who are physically and sexually abused and forced into sexual exploitation. 

  • The total market value of elicit human trafficking is estimated to be and excess of $32 Billion (U.N.)
  • World Wide there are nearly 2 Million children in the commercial sex trade. (UNICEF)
  • Approximately 80% of Human Trafficking Victims are women and girls and 50% are minors. (US State Department)
  • Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • It is estimated 2 children are sold internationally every minute. (Love146)

Most common ways children are lured into sex trafficking and slavery

  • Physical force and threat
  • Coercion (debt relief for the family, jobs, marriage, etc.)
  • Physical and/or emotional abuse
  • Intimidation and threats against the individual and their family
  • Promise of monies for fashion modeling or movie acting
  • Offer for food or clothing which results in being captured into slavery

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Facts and Stats

The Federal Definitions of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is as follows:  18 U.S.C. 1591 makes it illegal to recruit, entice, obtain, provide, move or harbor a person or to benefit from such activities knowing that the person will be caused to engage in commercial sex acts where the person is under 18 or where force, fraud or coercion exists. This statute does not require that either the defendant or the victim actually travel. 

  • The average age of entry in DMST is 12-14 years of age. (Shared Hope International)
  • The US department of health and human services sites 300,000 runaways as a low number are involved with DMST and 1 million.
  • In the City of Seattle alone 300-500 minors are involved in DMST. (Dr. Deborah Boyer 2007)
  • In the city of SeaTac, WA in 2008 there were 89 arrests for prostitution and 39 of them were minors. (KIng County Law Enforcement)
  • 1 out of every 3 teens that live on the street will be lured into sex trafficking within the first 48 hours of leaving home. (Polaris Project)

For more information, please attend one of our informational sessions in your local community or contact us.