Sex Trafficking Speech

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Sex trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of monetary gain through slavery, sexual exploitation, or forced labor. It is a form of modern-day slavery. Sex trafficking is the recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for commercial sex act that is induced by force, fraud, or coercion. Commercial sexual exploitations include: forced prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, sex tourism, internet & phone sex, brothels, and escort agencies. Victims of sex trafficking can be women, men, girls or boys, but the majority are women and girls.

Sexually exploiting women and girls is big business and is a problem that is continuing to increase and expand. Sex trafficking is a $32 billion industry each year across the globe. In Atlanta some child traffickers make more than $32,000 a week. Furthermore, Atlanta’s illegal sex industry generates around $290 million a year. Human traffickers can potentially earn 20 times the amount paid for a girl. Unlike drugs and guns, the same girl can be sold over and over again. Poor girls can be found in all corners of the world, and a wealthy country like the U.S. is a prime market. Once a girl has been sufficiently frightened by her victimizer – told that she’ll be found and punished if she flees, or that the lives of her family in another country may be at stake – she will follow a pimp’s demands.

How is this happening to young girls?

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