KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT TRAFFICKING

The United Nations estimate that over 30 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor, sexual exploitation or organ harvesting. 1

According to some estimates, approximately 79% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 18% involves labor exploitation.2

In America, victims of pimp- controlled sex trafficking are commonly forced to meet quotas of $500 to $1,000 a night.3 

Victims working a truck stop typically earn $5 - $100 per sex act. All earnings are confiscated by the pimp.4

Human trafficking and forced labor is a $150 billion crime worldwide.5

42% of total globally detected victims between 2012 and 2014 were trafficked domestically.6

There are an estimated 5000 brothels disguised as massage parlors in the U.S. Victims of sex trafficking within massage parlors are forced to have sex with 6 to 10 men a day.7

An estimated 2 million children, the majority of them girls, are sexually exploited in the multi-billion dollar commercial sex industry.8

Of the more than 18,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) in 2016, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 86 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing.9

The US Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section reports that age 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S.10

More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.11

Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.12

Trafficking victims normally don't get help because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.13

There are approximately 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.14

There are approximately 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas.15

20% of all human trafficking in the US comes through Texas at some point.16

Texas currently has the second highest rate of calls to national human trafficking hotlines in the United States.17 

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Sources:

1. UNODC, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.16.IV.6).
2. "Human Trafficking FAQs." UNODC. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, n.d. Web. 13 June 2017.
3. Helein, Judy, and Karol McKalip. Human Trafficking Part I. Virginia: League of Women Voters Virginia, 2015.
4. Helein, Judy, and Karol McKalip. Human Trafficking Part I. Virginia: League of Women Voters Virginia, 2015.
5. "Human Trafficking FAQs." UNODC. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, n.d. Web. 13 June 2017.
6. UNODC, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.16.IV.6).
7. Helein, Judy, and Karol McKalip. Human Trafficking Part I. Virginia: League of Women Voters Virginia, 2015.
8. UNICEF; quoted in U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report, 10th ed. (Washington D.C: U.S. Department of State 2010).
9. "Key Facts." Missing Kids. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2017. Web. 13 June 2017.
10. "Sex Trafficking." Sex Trafficking | Washington State. Washington State Office of the Attorney General, n.d. Web. 13 June 2017.

11. United States Department of State. (2005). Trafficking in Persons Report.
12. Human Trafficking Facts. Digital image. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, n.d. Web. 13 June 2017.
13. Claws on, H.J. (2003). Needs Assessment for Service Providers and Trafficking Victims. National Institute of Justice.
14. Human Trafficking by the Numbers 2016. Rep. University of Texas at Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 2017. Web. 13 June 2017.

15. Human Trafficking by the Numbers 2016. Rep. University of Texas at Austin Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 2017. Web. 13 June 2017.

16. Center for Public Policy Studies. Texas Human Trafficking Fact Sheet. N.p.: Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative, Jan. 2013. PDF.
17. NHTRC. National Human Trafficking Resource Center Data Breakdown United States Report. Rep. National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 2015. Web. 13 June 2017.

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