Child sex slavery is occurring today and everyday in the United States. While it is illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it exists nationwide.
There is no such thing as 'child prostitution'.
Minors cannot 'choose' to be sex workers, they are enslaved. Most are involved in pimp-controlled coercive situations. All are victims.
Laws exist to protect our children, but they are rarely enacted, nor are they widely understood.
Our In Focus Campaign is designed to shine a light on this complex and growing human rights abuse. Through stories and targeted partnerships we want the public to understand the truth and take action.
- 12 to 14 – average entry age of girls into sex slavery in the US
- 5 - girls as young as 5 years old are being controlled by pimps and forced to perform sexual acts
- $1200 – typical earnings by one child on a weekend night
- Quotas – minimum nightly earnings imposed by pimps
- Increasing – child sex slavery in the US
- Risk/Reward Ratio – better for pimping than drug dealing
- “Boyfriending” – most common way for pimps to lure girls into slavery
- Friends – girls are forced to recruit others for their pimps
- Trafficking – legal definition of all minors in the commercial sex industry