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Sex Trafficking in the U.S.


Thousands of brothels in the U.S. operate under the guise of legitimate massage parlors.

Traffickers sell women and children online everyday.

Curtains are used to divide rooms in residential brothels, where women are forced to engage in commercial sex.

Pimps use violence and coercion to commercially sexually exploit young women.

Young girls are forced to sell sex by knocking on cab doors at truck stops.

Prostituted individuals are forced to make hundreds of dollars in nightly quotas to be given to their traffickers.

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will.  Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex.  Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry.  Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand.  Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort servicesfake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. For sex trafficking resource packs, click here.

 
 
 
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Client Quotes

"Thanks to Polaris Project, I have a job, a home, and many friends that help me when I need it. I am making a life of my own."

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- Survivor of Labor Trafficking & Client of Polaris