Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking : Prostitution Or Exploitation?

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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Prostitution or Exploitation? Although the history of child sex trafficking in developing nations has been widely documented, recently research has revealed that minor sex trafficking (also known as child prostitution) is a growing problem within U.S. borders as well. “Child prostitution is the sexual exploitation of a minor for profit, which can include money, drugs, or other items of value” (Center for Arizona Policy, 2014). The sexual exploitation of minors is a lucrative business managed by pimps who use methods of seduction, coercion and/or excessive force to exploit children in exchange for profit. Recent studies indicate that the average age for entry into child prostitution is 12-14 years old, with victims being forced to serve up to 25 clients per week. The demographic of victims extends across all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, although most often victims come from families with a history of abuse.

Why it Matters
Should minors involved in sex trafficking be excluded from prostitution charges? According to the Trafficked Victims Protection Act (TVPA): “Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion was present.” Experts estimate that 100,000 American juveniles are victimized through prostitution each year (Center for Arizona Policy, 2014). While this number is an educated guess, the precise number of victims is…
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