HT Myth: Get rich. Work in prostitution.

The Ugly Truth: Traffickers keep the profits, and victims often pay with their lives. The vast majority of prostituted persons are recruited into the sex trade by pimps who use the threat of violence to force them to meet daily quotas. Over 80% of prostituted women have been the victim of a rape.

HT Myth: I don’t know anyone who pays for sex.

The Ugly Truth: Yes, you probably do. The total number of victims in underground sex trade in the United States reaches into the hundreds of thousands. And because prostitution and sex trafficking can occur in private homes, hotels, casinos, and fake massage parlors, it’s happening more often than you think, and doing even more damage.

HT Myth: The products I buy aren’t made by slaves.

The Ugly Truth: Our nation’s consumer choices have led to the exploitation of human rights for our convenience and gratification. Victims of human trafficking for labor, even in the US, work in deplorable conditions for little to no pay, and are often children. Your consumer choices can help change this trend.

HT Myth: Human Trafficking? Not in this city.

The Ugly Truth: Stories about human trafficking are often set in far-away places, but it happens all over the world, including in the United States. Human trafficking victims have been found working in restaurants, hotels, nail salons, and shops in small towns and booming cities. Wherever you live, human trafficking has taken place there.