From Bangkok brothels to Kansas communities, vulnerable women and children are taken advantage of by traffickers skilled in emotionally and psychologically manipulating their victims. Yes, you read that correctly. Kansas.
No country is immune from sex trafficking, and the United States has a significant trafficking problem that potentially extends into every state and county.
A wide range of estimates exists as to the actual number of sex trafficking victims. According to the International Labor Organization (“ILO”), roughly 1.4 million people are trapped in commercial sexual servitude globally; the United States Department of State reports that between 14,000 and 17,000 individuals are trafficked annually (for commercial sex or forced labor) into the U.S. from other nations.
Most disturbing is the fact that somewhere between 100,000 and 300,000 youths are trafficked and sexually exploited for profit within the United States every year. From Sin City to Cincinnati, American women and children are being victimized in increasing numbers and frequency.
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