Child Sex Trafficking

When a child (a person under 18 years of age) is induced to perform a commercial sex act, proving force, fraud, or coercion against the child’s pimp is not necessary for the offense to be characterized as human trafficking. There are no exceptions to this rule: No cultural or socioeconomic rationalizations may prevent the rescue of children from sexual servitude. The use of children in the commercial sex trade is prohibited both under U.S. law and by statute in most countries around the world. Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and even death. 

Each victim has a different experience, but experiences often share common threads due to the nature of the crime. Trafficking victims live under the control of their trafficker, subject to fear, abuse, and denial of their basic human rights.