AVERAGE AGE A TEEN ENTERS SEX TRADE
In the U.S., the average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14. Boys and transgender youth enter into prostitution on average between the ages of 11 to 13. Many of them were sexually abused as children [source].
ADULTS AND CHILDREN FOR SALE
At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor [source].
MONEY OVER SOULS
Trafficking is the second most profitable illegal industry— second only to the drug trade. And while drugs are sold in one transaction, human beings can be sold over and over again.[source].
The average age of buyers is 30, with a wide range of ages from 18 to 84 years old. Most buyers purchased sex for the first time before the age of 21 and over half are married or with a partner. Men are exposed to social pressure both online and in person that can glamorize, normalize and minimize the negative aspects of purchasing sex [source].
In the United States, more than 800,000 children are reported missing every year, and nearly half end up living on the streets. Seventy percent will become sex trafficking victims, most within their first 72 hours of living on the street. [source].
CHILDREN FOR SEX
Nearly 2 million children are used in the commercial sex trade, where they routinely face sexual and physical violence. [source].
100,000 new escort ads are posted online every day. Somewhere in that pile of data are children who are bought and sold online for sex [source].
While estimates vary widely, the International Labour Organization estimates that human trafficking earns as much as $150 billion annually for captors, $99 billion from commercial sexual exploitation and the remainder resulting from forced labor [source].