STATISTICS & IMPORTANT FACTS

Who are the victims?

  • There is no universal “type of victims”…they come from
  • all demographic and socio-economic categories.
  • No single method of entry: boyfriend, abduction, brainwashing, drug addiction, poverty, etc. except that most victims are vulnerable.
  • 75-95% sexually abused as children
  • Most were recruited as minors, usually between 12-15 years old.
  • 72% reported past or current homelessness
  • Disproportionately minorities.
Source: 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference, Anacortes, WA, 2017

Harm

  • 89% want to leave “the life” of prostitution
  • 73% report being physically assaulted
  • 64% threatened w/weapon
  • 53% report being raped
  • 95% experience sexual harassment
  • 75% have been homeless
  • 68% meet criteria for PTSD
  • 59% report physical abuse from a caregiver as a child
  • 63% report sexual abuse as children (avg 4 perpetrators/person)
  • 64% report being threatened with a weapon in prostitution
  • 49% have had pornography made of them while in prostitution
  • 48% use drugs to cope
  • 52% use alcohol to cope
  • 75% report not having a safe place to go
  • 76% report a need for job training
  • 47% require drug/alcohol treatment
  • 61% report having inadequate or no healthcare
  • 44% report needing childcare
  • 23% report needing physical protection from pimps
  • 88% experience verbal abuse and social contempt
Source: Farley et al, 2003

Who are the buyers?

  • Arrested buyers have usually purchased more than once.
  • Come from all professions: executives, pastors, teachers, lawyers, tech, laborers, etc
  • Come from all races/ethnicities, but overwhelmingly white
  • Demand drives exploitation; no buyers, no business
Source: 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference, Anacortes, WA, 2017

The Internet as a game-changer

  • 75% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had been advertised or sold online. (Thorn, 2015)

3 Types of Buyers

  • “Normal” Behavior
  • Compulsive or “Addictive” Behavior
  • “Pathological” Behavior

Source: 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference, Anacortes, WA, 2017

In a recent nationwide survey of anonymous, self-identified sex buyers, 76% agreed or strongly agreed with this statement: “I would like to stop buying sex”.

Source: 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference, Anacortes, WA, 2017

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them” -Henry David Thoreau

Source: 3rd Annual Human Sex Trafficking Conference, Anacortes, WA, 2017
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