How Trafficking Happens

According the United States Department of Justice, “Child sex trafficking refers to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Offenders of this crime who are commonly referred to as traffickers, or pimps, target vulnerable children and gain control over them using a variety of manipulative methods.”

There is no such thing as child prostitution: sex with a child is rape.

Media portrayal of trafficking can warp our perceptions of what the exploitation of children looks like and how it occurs. Ultimately, all forms of trafficking take advantage of the vulnerabilities of children. Because of increased access to internet platforms, children are also susceptible and exposed to manipulation online.

There are four main paradigms of sex trafficking:

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