The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines the crime of human trafficking as:
A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or
B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Domestic minor sex trafficking occurs when U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident minors (under the age of 18) are commercially sexually exploited. Children can be commercially sexually exploited through prostitution, pornography, and/or erotic entertainment.
The commercial aspect of the sexual exploitation is critical to separate the crime of trafficking from sexual assault, molestation or rape. The term “commercial sex act” is defined by the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act as the giving or receiving of anything of value (money, drugs, shelter, food, clothes, etc.) to any person in exchange for a sex act.
The age of the victim is the critical issue — there is no requirement to prove force, fraud, or coercion was used to secure the victim’s actions. The law recognizes the effect of psychological manipulation by the trafficker, as well as the effect of the threat of harm which traffickers/pimps use to maintain control over their young victims.
Statistics (The Facts from The A21 Campaign)
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will. 1–2% of victims are ever rescued.
THE AVERAGE AGE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IS 12 YEARS OLD.
Women and children are often kidnapped into the industry or sold into it by family under desperate circumstances. 1 in 100,000 European traffickers is ever convicted.
Get Involved – You Can Make a Difference!
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, take the following actions: Ask the person if you can help them find a safe place to go immediately. If they need time, create an action plan with them to get to a safe place when they are ready. Call and make a report to the human trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888. The hotline has language capabilities so any individual can call directly if they choose.
TAKE ACTION; PRAY, VOLUNTEER, RAISE AWARENESS, DONATE
A21 Campaign exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century through a comprehensive system of preventative measures, victim protection, prosecution of violators, and strategic partnerships. We prevent trafficking through awareness and education. We protect those who have been trafficked by building shelters and transition homes. We prosecute traffickers and strengthen the legal response to human trafficking.
Bishop Outreach Christian author, speaker and gang expert exposing the connection between gangs and human trafficking in the U.S.
Change Purse is committed to fighting sex trafficking through raising awareness and financially supporting faith-based organizations that provide hope, healing, and restoration, through their direct work with victims and survivors of sex trafficking. Change Purse donates profits generated through collecting donated purses that are new or in like-new condition and selling them via the online store, awareness events, and home parties.
Exodus Cry is built on a foundation of prayer and is committed to abolishing sex slavery through Christ-centered prevention, intervention, and holistic restoration of trafficking victims. We not only seek to prevent trafficking before it begins, but we seek to intervene where it already exists and bring restoration to those who are rescued. We harness the power of film to expose sex trafficking and invite the masses to join in the effort to end this injustice, locally and globally.
Hookers for Jesus Annie Lobert is the Founder of Hookers for Jesus & freedom fighter for all who are trapped in modern day slavery. An international, faith-based organization that addresses human sex trafficking, sexual violence, and exploitation linked to pornography and the sex industry. Annie established The Destiny House program to help ladies that desire to escape human sex trafficking.
On Eagles Wings Ministries seeks to prevent females from falling victim to sex trafficking, offers assistance to those still trapped, and restores those who have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. We focus on prevention, outreach, aftercare, and empowerment.
Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting training, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery.
Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value, and choice – one life at a time.
Sufficient Grace Outreach, Inc is an anti-human trafficking ministry with the goal of combating this growing issue in any way we can by helping one victim at a time. We operate a call center, where we call ladies in cities all over the US posing as escorts on backpage.com. SGO also has strip club outreach on a monthly basis to the local strip club. We hand out gift bags and offer prayer and support.