Girls Are Not For Sale
We’ve all seen or read recently about Jada Pinkett Smith testifying before congress on human trafficking – forcing women, or underage girls, and even boys into prostitution. We all know that prostitution exists and the pimp culture has even been glorified in music, television and movies. But what really happens in the lives of victims is not funny at all. So, here are a few things to think about the next time we disclaim that “Pimpin Ain’t Easy.”
11 Facts About Human Trafficking
- The average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
- Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including:
- Forcing victims into prostitution
- Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
- Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
- Misleading victims into debt bondage
- According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
- It is estimated that there are approximately 27 million slaves around the world.
- 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Around half of trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18.
- More than 2/3 of sex trafficked children suffer additional abuse at the hands of their traffickers.
- Trafficked children are significantly more likely to develop mental health problems, abuse substances, engage in prostitution as adults, and either commit or be victimized by violent crimes later in life.
- Women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation experience a significantly higher rate of HIV and other STDs, tuberculosis, and permanent damage to their reproductive systems.
- There is only one shelter in the U.S. designed specifically to meet the needs of trafficking victims, and it currently only houses a total of seven to nine victims.
- Trafficking victims normally don’t get help because they think that they or their families will be hurt by their traffickers, or that they will be deported.