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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, also known as Child Sex Trafficking, is the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States through prostitution, pornography, or sexual performance in exchange for something of value, like money, food, shelter, or drugs.
How does trafficking happen?
Vulnerable youth are targeted by traffickers and then exploited (sold for sex). Instability creates opportunities for traffickers and predators to reach out and bond with vulnerable children. These predators could be strangers, friends, teachers or even family members who lure children with false promises of protection, adventure, love, a home, opportunity, gifts, etc. They offer to provide whatever is missing in a child’s life, build trust and false love, then exploit them using force, fraud or coercion.
Victims often are or have become dependent on the trafficker to provide for them – physically, financially or even emotionally. Traffickers methodically strip away a victim’s self-esteem and assert total control – dictating how they walk and talk, when they sleep and eat, and what they wear – and instill fear, shame, and self-blame to keep them from leaving. Ultimately, victims are left feeling hopeless, without worth or value.
Signs that could help identify minor victims:
What to do if you suspect trafficking:
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How can we stop it?
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