2013-05-31 2:07 PMSelling American Girls: The Truth About Domestic Minor Sex-Trafficking - ForbesPage 2 of 3http://www.forbes.com/sites/shenegotiates/2012/12/03/selling-american-girls-the-truth-about-domestic-minor-sex-trafficking/
This is a staggering contrast to the FBI estimate that about 100,000 children are soldfor sex in our nation.
How Does it Work?
Pimps often recruit children into sex-trafficking by posing as a boyfriend, caretakerand protector. Many girls are runaways from abusive or dysfunctional homes, someare kidnapped and others are exploited by someone they know. On average, the traf-ficking begins when the victim is 13.At this time, the vast majority are sold through classified ads on websites. This has been the source of great controversy over Backpage. The Attorney General’s officedocumented that underage girls were sold through these ads in at least 22 states.Page 2 of 2The recent split between Village Voice Media and Backpage indicates a new socialpressure to defend the rights of trafficked girls, but critics claim that closing downads just forces sales underground and removes a viable way to follow the activities of traffickers.The adult services ads on the internet offer an accessible means for the commercialsexual exploitation of children, but the truth is that the demand for sex with under-age girls precedes the technology
Closing down such avenues may temporarily in-terfere with business, yet the industry of selling children for sex continues as long asthere are buyers.Children are trafficked in every major metropolis in the U.S. Currently, the top threehotspots include include Texas, New York and California.According toThe National Report on Domestic Minor SexTrafficking: America’s Prostituted Children , “children exploited through prostitutionreport they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers pernight. Utilizing a conservative estimate, a domestic minor sex-trafficking victimwould be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of her victimization through pros-titution.”
What Can We Do?