Across the world, the issue of sex trafficking remains a problem that cannot be solved. An estimation by The International Labor Organization claims there are approximately 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide. Due to such large numbers, it is almost impossible to know who the next victim may be. In a study done by the Urban Institute, there was an estimated $39.9 million to $290 million generated in revenue per year based on the city. With pimps being able to make upwards of $30,000 per week, sex trafficking has become an ideal business for evil regarding the low risks and high rewards.
There have been 11 press releases dealing with human trafficking throughout America in the past week alone. With cases ranging from the production of child pornography to adult women trafficked and even killed. In a report done by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation. Of the countries which took part in this study, women made up the immense majority of traffickers.
The Department of State believes an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year. When it comes to the percent of children trafficked worldwide, this number is about 20%. With this being said, in some parts of the world, such as Africa, children make up to 100% of the victims trafficked. The average age of women trafficked throughout the United States is 20 years old.
Younger victims are usually trafficked through acts of deception. Not all who are trafficked undergo sexual abuse; many are forced to work against their own will. With abusive treatment and lack of nourishing food and drink, these victims struggle to fight, let alone survive.
As these horrifying incidents continue to happen day after day around the world, specifically in the United States, Congress is currently monitoring the acts of sex trafficking to combat this issue in the future. In the year 2021 alone, 45 countries made this special watch list. With the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 set in motion, Congress requires the Secretary of State to provide reports on the progress of anti-trafficking activities. This allows for an in-depth look at the trafficking problem throughout each country on this special list.
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