Sex Trafficking

Trafficking is a form of modern slavery in which one person uses threats, violence, lies, coercion, debt bondage or other forms of manipulation to force another individual to engage in sex for a profit. Victims of sex trafficking can be found working for massage parlors, brothels, strip clubs, escort services and on the street. They may be children, teenagers or adults lured by false promises and ultimately forced into prostitution.

Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.

There are signs to be aware of if you or someone you know is being trafficked. This list does not represent all aspects of sex trafficking, but even checking off a few items from this list may indicate that a person is being trafficked. Domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking can co-exist based on similar violence against victims. Many trafficking survivors have previous history with violence within family or intimate relationships. If you are a victim of sex trafficking, you may feel very alone, but there are others that have had similar experiences.

Breaking free from the life is complicated, and can be dangerous. CVIC is here to offer confidential and non-judgmental support to help you escape when you’re ready. You can contact us anonymously, or you can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888, or text "BeFree" (233733).

 

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