Latest trends in U.S. Child Sex Trafficking
Today we are excited to share our newest research. Survivors have graciously allowed us to hear their stories, and in order for us all to be a part of the solution, we’re excited to share their stories with you.
Participants’ age of entry into the life
- Youngest age of entry was less than 1-year-old
- One in six were under the age of 12
- Most frequently reported age is 15
Two themes in U.S. child sex trafficking emerged from this report:
- Technology is playing an increasing role in grooming and controlling victims of child sex trafficking. 75% of victims who entered the life in the past decade were advertised online.
- Less familiar forms of child trafficking, including those trafficked by family members or without a clear trafficker, are emerging. 80% of all victims under 10 were trafficked by a family member.
Without survivor input, our anti-trafficking movement risks wasting time and resources — and most importantly, endangering children. We are truly grateful to all of the organizations and survivors that shared their stories and made this work possible.
Today is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay, and our research also showed that 2 out of 3 survivors never saw a help resource during their abuse. You can change that by sharing the Human Trafficking hotline today everywhere you have a community on social media.
“Survivor insights keep us grounded in the reality and complexity of their experience so that the best interventions can be developed to defend children from sexual abuse.”
Brooke Istook, Director of Strategy & Operations