Sex trafficking is the criminal act of using force, fraud and/or coercion to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of value, such as money, drugs, rent, or employment. This can occur when a person is being recruited as well as throughout the trafficking experience.
Coercion - persistent attempts to have sexual contact with someone who has already refused, especially using: drugs and alcohol, threats of violence, threats of sharing elicit photos online, exploiting relationship of trust, manipulating insecurities.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Grooming and Sexting
Sexual predators spend 24 hours a day searching for vulnerable individuals to be trafficked (online and/or in person). They are often experts in human behavior, seeking out the vulnerable. Predators can be men or women, are very charming and are often not as they appear online.
Billion Dollar Industry
Sex trafficking is a billion dollar industry, driven by the steady demand from buyers. Some factors for the demand are: pornography addictions, normalization of sexuality in our culture, objectification (the action of degrading someone to the status of a mere object) of women.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”