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.
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.
The Ugly Truth: Many victims of trafficking don’t want to believe they are not in control, or do not trust a stranger to ask for help. This can be due to lack of trust, self-blame, or instructions by their traffickers about how to act. Know the signs of human trafficking to better identify and help victims.
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.
The Ugly Truth: Most prostituted people entered the sex trade while still in their teens, after fleeing abusive homes. They’re coerced by pimps and johns who too often abuse them. And without economic support, breaking free is more difficult than you might think.
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.