Photo: Awareness materials distributed at the youth convention in Missouri.
By Randee Doe
The average age at which a child is exploited through prostitution is just thirteen. Take a moment to process that statement. Thirteen years old!
When most people think of sex trafficking, they think of a kidnapped child enslaved in a foreign brothel, not too different than depicted in the 2009 movie Taken. In reality, commercial sexual exploitation of minors does occur internationally, but it also occurs in every corner of the United States. In the United States, sex trafficking typically occurs through the manipulative tactics of suave, predatory pimps. The United States Department of Justice has reported that there are 100,000 to 300,000 American children at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex in the United States. Continue reading
Prepared by Randee Doe
1. Scripted answers and inconsistencies in story.
2. Unexplained tattoos; many pimps “brand” their girls.
3. Bruising and injuries that are unexplained or recurring.
4. Multiple cellphones.
5. Dressing differently and inappropriately; or sudden change in clothing, possessions, behavior. (Part of the pimp’s grooming process is to woo with expensive gifts.)
6. Skipping school, classes, lunch, and numerous unexplained absences.
7. Much older and controlling boyfriend or friends.
8. Vocabulary radically changes, using terms common to the commercial sex industry and not part of normal teenage language.
9. Chronic runaway or homeless youth. (One-third of runaways will meet a pimp within their first forty-eight hours on the street.)
10. Alcohol or drug abuse. Continue reading
Prepared by Randee Doe
1. It could happen to your children. As many as 300,000 children are sex-trafficked annually in the United States, with the average age being 12–14 years old! Kids from every race, economic situation, background, and home life are vulnerable to falling prey to a trafficker or pimp.
2. Know who your children’s friends are! Stranger danger doesn’t look the same as it did when you were a kid. Your child may be making friends with someone who is involved in a sex-trafficking ring or with someone who appears to be a cute and charming boyfriend. Many pimps use the “boyfriend” or “lover-boy” tactic to woo and win a girls love, loyalty, and trust. Continue reading
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