Sex Trafficking And Sexual Trafficking

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Sex trafficking, particularly that of children, has become a growing concern in the United States over the past several decades (Kotrla, 2010). By definition, child sex trafficking is “when a child (under 18 years of age) is induced to perform a commercial sex act” (U.S., 2013, para. 4), and includes forms such as prostitution and pornography (Kotrla, 2010). Researchers suggest that children are the most vulnerable to becoming victims of prostitution (Kotrla), and it is estimated that there are at least 100,000 victims in the United States (Estes & Weiner, 2001). Sex traffickers, otherwise known as “pimps,” often lure children with promises of food, clothing, love, and shelter, and then the pimps manipulate the children to keep them in prostitution (U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ], 2015). Awareness of the issue has led to the development of organizations, such as Children of the Night, that seek to help victims escape the sex trafficking industry (Children of the Night [COTN], 2016d). Mission According to their official mission statement, Children of the Night is “dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution” (COTN, 2016c). Not only does the organization work to help children escape prostitution, they strive to provide these children with a viable alternative to living under the control of pimps (Lissone, 2005). History and Operations History In the 1970s, Lois Lee was researching prostitution arrest records for her doctoral dissertation

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