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Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at U.S. Citizen Victims
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide.2 While the prevalence of sex trafficking in the United States is still unknown, we do know that women, children, and men are being sold for sex against their will in cities and towns in all 50 states. A shocking number of these victims are citizens of the United States. In 2014, the Urban Institute studied the underground commercial sex economy in eight U.S. cities and estimated that this illicit activity generated between $39.9 million and $290 million in revenue depending on the city.3 According to the study, pimps in one city earned an average of $32,833 per week. It is within this economy that sex trafficking thrives, and with this potential for earnings, sex trafficking is considered a lowrisk, high-reward endeavor.
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Last Updated: 2/13/2019 11:08:59 AM
Keywords: Trafficking, United States, Victims
 
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